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Children enjoy the fun of a flood that isolated 50 homes on Phuket

Phuket Families Dug Out From Flooding: Ban on Small Boats Continues

Saturday, August 8, 2015
PHUKET: Emergency measures were being taken today to relieve flooding that has isolated 50 families on Phuket and caused internal water damage at 15 homes.

Governor Nisit Jansomwong took charge with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and Sakoo officials commissioning a backhoe to dig a channel to allow floodwater to flow away from Baan Sakoo Village moo 1 in Nai Yang.

Meanwhile, a ban on boats of less than 10 metres putting to see in Andaman waters will be continued tomorrow by Phuket Marine Office 5 director, Phuripat Theerakulpisut.

While small vessels are banned from venturing to Phi Phi and Racha islands, they are permitted in the less turbulent waters of Phang Nga Bay.

Stormy weather is forecast to continue through Sunday.

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shame, poor people, must be difficult for them..

Posted by robert on August 9, 2015 15:42

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Backfill flood zones to build housing estates only aggravate the problem.

Posted by WhistleBlower on August 9, 2015 16:02

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In another news report, Gov Nisit is quoted as saying:

'The affected area is below the sea level and often floods when Phuket is hit with heavy rainfalls, he said.'

This is utter rubbish! That area has never flooded before, not in the 14 years that I have lived here.

The reason for the flooding is simple. New hotels have been built on the flood plain behind Nai Yang Beach. Previously, the canal had a clear route through to the sea. Now that canal has been obstructed.

If this governor had some balls, he would send the backhoes in to demolish all buildings that are obstructing the canal.

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Posted by Simon Luttrell on August 9, 2015 19:47

Editor Comment:

It could be the governor is repeating what he has been told but we don't take news reports from other sources as gospel and we wouldn't assume quotes at those sources were accurate, Simon.

Does a governor have the power to ''send the backhoes in''? Probably not, but the military government could.


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