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90 houses damaged, power cables down on main roads – Phuket storm

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There have been about 90 houses across Phuket that have been damaged from storms whilst eight power cables have been brought down in Thalang today (June 18). This is the latest in our coverage of the unusually wet and windy storms to hit the island.

Officials have surveyed all the districts and found that there are about 90 houses which have been damaged from the storms in Muang Phuket, Kathu and Thalang. The total value of the damage has already been estimated at nearly 300,000 baht. Most of the damage is to roofs, motorbikes and some cars.

Tha Chatchai Police received reports at about noon today that eight power poles had been brought down and blocked Thepkrasattri Road near Hongyong Bamrung School in Thalang.

According to the the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) Office of the Southern West Coast, from today until Wednesday (June 20), “there is a Southwest monsoon that is affecting the Andaman Sea as well as the whole west coast of southern Thailand.”

Following the heavy rains and high winds, Phuket’s Governor, Norrapat Plodthong, continued to expressing concerns yesterday about the possibility of more flash flooding and damage from the wind.

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Burmese man stabbed friend to death in Phuket Town

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A Burmese man has stabbed another Myanmar national to death in Phuket Town last night.

The Phuket City Police were notified about the incident at a room in Soi Ton Poe in Phuket Town.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the suspect, 56 year old Aung Htoo, a Burmese national, waiting for police. A 13 centimetre knife was also found at the scene

The body of 50 year old Thar Nge was found in the room. Four stab wounds were found on his body.  His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital.

Aung Htoo told police he was sleeping in his room. He claims Thar Nge, his friend who was drunk at the time, came into his room with a knife. He claims that Aung Htoo headed straight for him and struck him. Aung Htoo says he wrestled the knife from Thar Nge and stabbed him to death.

Aung Htoo was taken to the Phuket City Police Station where he has been charged with murder.

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More ‘wind and waves’ – Phoenix still at the bottom of the Andaman Sea

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The Phoenix, the boat that sank on July 5 off Phuket’s south west coast, causing the drowning of 47 Chinese tourists, remains 45 metres underwater as the new salvage team have little more success than the original salvage team who threw in the towel a week ago.

A Marine Police diver on site, Pol Lt Passakorn Sirichuchote, is quoted in the Bangkok Post saying… “We’ve encountered strong undercurrents. Rough seas were also on the surface.”

“We expect difficulties ahead but are still confident that the experience of the Singapore team would help us overcome the obstacles.”

Spitz Tech, the original contractors, complained about the same strong currents in the two months they attempted the salvage. Since then Sunquest Marine of Singapore, under the direction of the acting immigration department chief Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, has been wrestling with the elements.

This time, however, they will have a 1200 tonne pontoon crane at their disposal which is due to arrive this evening. The tug and crane, making their way up from Singapore over the last week, have also been reporting ‘wind and waves’ slowing down their progress.

The new, latest, revised, updated deadline to raise the Phoenix is this Friday with Pol Lt Passakorn saying the “wind and waves are changing every day. And that could delay the work.”

Meanwhile the train wreck of, principally, Chinese tourism to Thailand and Phuket, continues to unravel in slow motion.

Tourism chiefs in Phuket are playing down the drop in Chinese tourism saying that arrivals from other markets will “fill in the gaps” left by Chinese tourists. TheThai  Tourism Minister admitted last week that Chinese tourists coming to Phuket had dropped by 25%. Local hotels and tour companies variously quote numbers more like 50-70% drop in tourists out of mainland China.

One prominent hotel MD told The Thaiger, on condition of anonymity, “just look around the roads. Where are the Chinese tour buses? We don’t Chinese tourists in the streets, we don’t see them in our forward bookings. The Tourism Minister’s figures are either very optimistic or he’s been consulting a fortune teller.”

Tourism officials appears unable to grapple with ways to rebuild confidence in the sector, which has contributed up to 30% of all Phuket tourism over the past 3 years.

Chinese social media has led the exodus panning the response to the original tragedy, including the Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan’s blame-game, “The Chinese are killing Chinese”, the ponderous investigation (which has still not concluded) and the botched search in the immediate aftermath of the sinking, which saw search and rescue efforts called off hours after the disaster and resumed the next morning.

Another Deputy PM, Somkid Jatusripitak, the government’s economic tzar, was in Shanghai last week speaking to Alibaba’s Jack Ma about ways to reboot Chinese tourism into the Phuket and Thailand.

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Village leaders try to track down rubbish dumpers

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Tourists in Krabi have found construction rubbish being dumped 4 metres from Hat Baan Laem Pong in Krabi District.

Two big piles of rubbish had been dumped close to the Hat Baan Laem Pong. The village headman has trying to identify the rubbish dumpers.

Cement bags and blocks were found in amongst the piles. The Headman is worried as many tourists are travelling around the area as there are five stars hotels and the rubbish is unsightly.

Villager headman Somsak Tepbut inspected the area with media in tow. He says that local volunteers are always collecting rubbish along the two kilometre stretch of the beach.

“Rubbish dumpers usually visit during the night. We are checking the rubbish and searching for them to face legal action.”

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