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Patong at 2.15pm as more rains started floods  all over again

Phuket Weather: Storm Warning for Boats, Patong Faces More Floods

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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FLOODS were swamping Patong again this afternoon with motorcyclists forced to walk through water outside Simon Cabaret and on the main road behind Jungceylon - with four more days of rain forecast. Andaman provinces have been warned of possible landslips.

Original Report

PHUKET: Forecasters could no longer accurately predict which parts of Phuket would flood, especially in Patong, the region's chief meteorologist said today.

Mata Aremean, Director of the the Phuket-based Southern Meteorological Centre (West Coast), said that bad planning, overconstruction and covering or filling in canals had made Patong flood-prone.

''Once, it would take a couple of hundred millimetres or rain to cause a flood,'' Khun Mata said. ''These days, it happens with just 50mm.

''If you want a floods forecast for Patong, the best person to ask is the Patong mayor,'' he said.

Patong suffered floods today, along with Chao Fa Road East and Chao Fa Road West, two of Phuket's main traffic arteries.

But Khun Mata said that the rain was not the cause of the flooding. ''Rain falls on 18 or 20 days a month at this time of the year,'' he said. ''So people can expect more flooding.''

His comments came as the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department issued a severe weather warning for people on Phuket and in nine other Southern provinces.

People living near hillsides and waterways in Phuket, Ranong, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang, Satun, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung should brace for heavy rain, possible flash flooding, forest run-off and mudslides over the next four days, says Chatchai Promlert, the department's director general.

Strong winds and high waves on the Andaman Sea meant all shipping should proceed with caution and small boats should remain ashore, he said.

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"If you want a floods forecast for Patong, the best person to ask is the Patong mayor," he said.

It is refreshing to hear from an official with a nice set of courage.

Posted by Treelover on August 6, 2013 14:09

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"....a nice set of courage."

Treemendous, treelover!!

Posted by eddy on August 6, 2013 14:22

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Your comment made me smile Treelover! Hope the official's message gets across to help Patong residents

Posted by SilverSurfer on August 6, 2013 14:45

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The Deputy Mayor of Patong told another news site that the floods were results of issues with the drains.

Nothing mentioned about filling in the big channel in front of the hospital, which is the main reason for that the central Patong floods frequently.

Imagine how it is to move up all what is possible and clean your house for dirt twice a month.

Somebody make big money from that filled area. Really something for DSI to look at here.

Posted by Sherlock on August 6, 2013 14:48

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Treelover, you and I have seen it on the shelves, I have eaten it with many many steaks, but Mrs Courage Chutney just does not sound right at all.

Ed it is "Mrs Balls Chutney the best tasting chutney in the world."

Posted by Robin on August 6, 2013 15:28

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Lovely lovely comment, ask the Mayor! Khun Mata you rock my wet world!!!! Go ask the Mayor

Posted by geoff on August 6, 2013 19:54


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