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Patong’s Mayor has announced, what she hopes are, solutions to the recurrent floods and set a budget to solve the problems in the long term.

As Patong is one of the areas that always suffers from the flood on the island, the Mayor, Chalermluck Kebsup, said that she has surveyed several spots in Patong and can now specify the actual problems around the tourist town.

“I found that the drain-ways like canals, ditches and sewers are clogged by many items including some furniture, big pieces of cement and even refrigerators. We have already unclogged and dredged the drains which will improve their efficiency,” said the Mayor.

She explained that the Municipality found out specific areas in Patong that are hit by floods following a survey. They are; in front of Prig Thai Hom restaurant and the Arunpat Village on Nanai Rd., Sai Nam Yen Intersection, Dolphin Intersection and in front of Patong Hospital.

“In front of Prig Thai Hom Restaurant, the water is coming from the mountain on the east side of the town which washes down soil and stones to the drain, clogging it up and resulting in localised flooding. For this area, we solved the problem by building a big barrier to block the soil and stones from the mountain. Regarding the front of Arunpat Village, the municipal staff already installed a pumping system and a new water well. There is a small issue for this spot as the pipe to the well is too small meaning the water cannot flow fast enough, creating flood on the road when the rain is particularly heavy.”

The automatic pumps in front of Patong Hospital and in front of Patong Police Station were broken and need to be fixed quickly.

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“As a long-term flood solution, I’ve planned a budget for this year. The Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd from Sai Nam Yen Intersection all the way to Bangkok Bank, a total length of 200 meters, will have the drainage extended. The road has a bottleneck shape and it is difficult for rain water to drain. The drains along the road will be expanded to the same size and the project is expected to start within the next 2 months,” she said.

Meanwhile, Phuket’s Governor has also planned for additional budget to extend the canals in Phuket town.

“The Phuket Municipality and Phuket Provincial Offices of Public Works and Town & Country Planning has found that some parts of the canals, draining water from the road to the sea, need to be extended. The budget will be spent to widen the canal to at least 8 meters to support the overflow from the canal. However, we must deal with the land owners as some parts of the canal are located next to privately-owned land. The public also can help solve this issue by not throwing rubbish into the canals,” said Governor Plodthong.

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111 people arrested at Koh Pha Ngan party for allegedly violating Covid-19 restrictions

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Police raided a party in Koh Pha Ngan and arrested 111 on charges of violating Covid-19 disease control measures under the Emergency Decree. Immigration police and tourist police raided the event at Three Sixty Bar, a venue on a hilltop near Mae Haad Beach on the island known for its 360 degree view.

Out of the 111 people arrested, 89 are foreigners and 20 are Thais. Police say 2 other people admitted to organising the party and were charged with colluding in operating an entertainment venue without permission. All 111 people were taken to the police station for legal action.

According to chief of Surat Thani immigration, police heard about party tickets being sold online. The bar wasn’t exactly discrete about hosting an event. Various posts were made on Facebook advertising the “360 Blast & Addict Party” with DJs on 2 dance floors, a music line up until 2am and a “Crazy Market” with clothes, jewelry and food.

Surat Thani Governor also says strict legal action will be taken against the partygoers and breaches of Covid-19 restrictions will not be tolerated.

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Massage shops and spas in Chon Buri get the “okay” to reopen

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Massage shops and spas as well as other similar venues in Chon Buri will be allowed to reopen after being closed for nearly a month due to strict Covid-19 control measures. Massage and spa workers gathered earlier this week, calling on the government to allow their businesses to reopen.

Along with massage shops and spas, tattoo studios and beauty clinics are also allowed to reopen, but must abide by Covid-19 prevention measures like checking customers’ temperatures, supplying hand sanitiser and enforcing social distancing.

Pattaya News notes that gyms, pools, fitness centres, saunas and massage shops offering “soapies” are not included in the order.

Although Chon Buri has gone 6 consecutive days without a local Covid-19 case, it is still classified as a “red zone.” The Centre for Covid-19 Situation will hold a meeting on Friday and will discuss whether to reclassify the province as an “orange zone,” allowing tourists to visit without permission from a district official.

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