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Here we go again . . . large sections of Phuket disappear today

Storm Deluge Sinks Phuket City Intersection, Patong Beneath Floodwater

Saturday, October 17, 2015
PHUKET: Flooding quickly made parts of Phuket City and Patong impassable when a deluge dumped on the holiday island about noon today.

The underpass construction site at the Tesco Lotus intersection in Phuket City quickly went under several feet of water, leaving some motorists with no choice except to turn back.

Patong, on the island's west coast, also sank under water in all the usual places.

Delays caused by flooding are one reason why completion of the Tesco Lotus underpass is months overdue . . . and why it continues to flood.

About one billion baht has been earmarked for to relieve chronic flooding in Phuket City and Patong, where officials say there is no serious flooding, just regular ''interruptions to the flow of unwanted water.''

The Phuket-based Bureau of Meteorology was not answering calls at lunchtime.

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To build an underpass at the lowest point with runoff water flowing in from 2 different directions is not very logical.

A flyover would be cheaper and quicker to build and highly unlikely to flood.

One can only hope that lessons will be learned from this location before the next underpass to be built at a chronically flooding-prone location at Chalong Circle commences.

Posted by Herbert on October 17, 2015 13:16

Editor Comment:

The commitment is to five underpasses. Flyover have been rejected.

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Underpasses cost more and thus offer more opportunities for those who wish to benefit from such projects. Common sense and public interest are not always the main concern of decision makers here.

Looking at the man on the bike, I think it's time someone developed a snorkel kit for the most common motorbikes used here.

It's actually not very difficult to do and there's certainly a need for it.

A kit allowing you to safely drive in 50cm of water (slowly) should be possible to be sold for under Bt 1500.

Posted by Herbert on October 17, 2015 13:36

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The Phuket-based Bureau of Meteorology was out to lunch?

Posted by Sam Wilko on October 17, 2015 15:04

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and the tmd radar is broken as usual otherwise i,and probably others,would have avoided the intersection.instead we were caught for hours.

Posted by Anonymous on October 17, 2015 15:45

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@ Herbert, Before they start digging the large ditch what has to become Chalong underpass, they have to build temporarily dykes. Otherwise in no time the large hole is a swimming pool.
At Chalong is a very interesting 'water run off' time coming. Well, not before next year.

Posted by Kurt on October 17, 2015 18:36

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Hahaha..."where officials say there is no serious flooding, just regular "interruptions to the flow of unwanted water." Love it. Hilarious article. Couldn't stop laughing.

Posted by Paradise on October 17, 2015 18:40

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@ Sam Wilko. It is a 'public secret' that in Thailand lunch time is holy time
( don't disturb me now between 12Noon and 01:00 PM).
If there ever will be a invasion by enemy, it will happen during thai lunch time. :)

Posted by kurt on October 17, 2015 18:41

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Are there not yet water pumps operational as designed for that underpass and surrounding?

Posted by Kurt on October 17, 2015 19:00

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It has been reported several times that the pipes to carry the water away were not large enough in diameter.

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So what we are saying then ed.is Ital Thai cant do basic civil engineering such as calculate size of pipe and pump output required ?
Hardly fills one with confidence.

Posted by Anonymous on October 17, 2015 19:46

Editor Comment:

The pipes were already in place and Ital Thai may have been misled about their capacity.

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I am not in construction but everyone I know who is cannot believe they are going for a tunnel. An overpass is quicker, cheaper, safer and more effective in the opinion of engineers and architects I have met. I'm sure they have a very good reason

Posted by Anonymous on November 19, 2015 18:58

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The reason is because underpasses don't make Phuket look like Bangkok, anonymous. Who wants to holiday on a tropical island that looks just like Bangkok?

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Anonymous,
You need to meet some better engineers and architects who think beyond that where one size fits all situations.

Posted by MoW on November 19, 2015 19:51

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The reason is because underpasses don't make Phuket look like Bangkok, anonymous. Who wants to holiday on a tropical island that looks just like Bangkok?

Yes, much better that it looks just like Venice.

Posted by Loder on November 20, 2015 09:03


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