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Inpatients out with the tide: Patong Hospital surrounded today

Phuket Weather Alert as Floods Isolate Patong Hospital: Rain For Phuket Fest Parades

Friday, October 4, 2013
PHUKET: Floodwaters surrounded Patong Hospital this afternoon as forecast showers transformed into a deluge that's expected to douse the opening weekend of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival.

Small boats are being advised not to put to sea and there's an 80 percent chance of rain every day through until Tuesday, a spokesperson for Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said this afternoon.

Patong's canal system, filled in and diverted over decades of abuse, was yet again unable to cope with the regular monsoon downpours.

Canals were also quickly filling up on the other side of the island in Phuket City, with some lowlying areas expected to be underwater soon after sunset.

The DDPM is warning of strong winds and two metre waves, pushed higher in gusts.

''The likelihood of landslips increases the longer the weather continues to be wet,'' the spokesperson said.

''It's the same outlook for Phang Nga and Krabi.''

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They say no man is an island but apparently the same does not apply to Patong Hospital.

I can also inform that Chalong Circle is flooded by apprx 50cm as of now.

Posted by ThaiMike on October 4, 2013 16:34

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@ThaiMike, isn't that where they are planning a possible "underpass," should be fun if they don't do the drainage first.

Posted by DSI Watch on October 4, 2013 17:08

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so all this new drainage isn't working???

Posted by sky on October 4, 2013 17:10

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The actual advisory to small boats was to report to Soi Sai Kor and help ferry the tourists down Sai Nam Yen and Sawatdirak or San Sabai and Soi Bangla to see the water in the ocean.

Posted by juswunderin on October 4, 2013 18:48

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It's raining cats & dogs...and I just stepped in a poodle......

Posted by Winkle Picker on October 5, 2013 22:40

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- DSI Watch

Yes it is. It will be the world's first drive-through aquarium.

Posted by ThaiMike on October 5, 2013 22:59


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