Connect with us


Phuket Media Watch: Flood, landslide warnings for South Thailand

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news selected by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

South on alert for floods, landslides; Phuket not affected
Phuket Gazette / The Nation

PHUKET: Weather conditions in the lower Gulf of Thailand will get rough over the next few days, the National Disaster Warning Centre (NDWC) warned this morning.

It also warned of possible flash floods, landslides and mudslides in Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat through Monday.

Phuket, located on the South’s west coast, was not included in the warning and is in fact enjoying good weather, albeit graying skies, as this is posted to the Web this evening.

“All concerned authorities [on the east coast] need to monitor the situation closely,” Wanchai Sakudomchai, director of the Southern Meteorological Centre (East Coast), said, adding that the South was facing the impact of a low pressure ridge moving into Malaysia.

He said the waves in the Gulf of Thailand could be up to four metres high along the South’s east coast.

“Small fishing trawlers should not go out to sea,” he warned.

Floods have already wreaked havoc in the southern provinces this year.

In Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok district, many locals are preparing to evacuate for the third time this month to escape possible flooding.

The level of the Sungai Kolok River was reportedly rising to dangerous levels this morning.

In Sukhirin district, runoff from the mountains had already damaged some sections of the Sukhirin-Narathiwat road, prompting local officials to put up warning signs alerting motorists to the possible dangers.

Nearly 200 families have moved to higher ground in the same district to stay dry as the downpours trigger flash floods.

In Satun, several consecutive days of heavy rain left the districts of Ma Mang and Khuan Ka Long submerged. And many canals in Khuan Don district are already overflowing, inundating some areas.

Provincial authorities have raised “red flags” and are encouraging residents to evacuate to higher ground.

Songkhla has also been affected, with up to 100 households along the Utapao canal in Hat Yai being inundated for a second time this year.

However, the flash floods that hit several communities on the outskirts of Hat Yai have now receded, while water on Kanchanawanit Road, which connects Hat Yai and Sadao districts, has been decreasing.

The road is well known to many of Phuket’s exaptriate residents who use it for visa runs to the Malaysian border.

— Phuket Gazette Editors


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 mins ago

More Pattaya people arrested drinking alcohol, violating Covid measures

Best of21 mins ago

5 of the most appealing Phang Nga hotels

Phuket1 hour ago

“Phuket Sandbox” still on, provincial restrictions set after uptick in Covid-19

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand2 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Boss indictment, Pattaya arrests, bubble burst | July 27

Best of2 hours ago

Top 5 bars in Pattaya

Thailand2 hours ago

UPDATE: Dying Samut Prakan mother tells daughters to go to orphanage

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Best of2 hours ago

Top 5 Thai restaurants in Krabi

Drugs2 hours ago

Hong Kong officials seize 61 kilograms of heroin shipped from Bangkok

Best of2 hours ago

Koh Pha Ngan’s 5 best resorts

North East3 hours ago

Couple “drops off” Covid infected 80 year old father at Korat temple, drive off

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Phuket officials add new layers of restrictions, Central closed for 7 days

Thailand4 hours ago

Korat construction camp closed following Covid outbreak

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 14,150 new cases; provincial totals

Crime5 hours ago

Attorney General still plans to indict Red Bull Heir, cites new ‘evidence’

Best of6 hours ago

5 of the best spa hotels in Hua Hin for a relaxing getaway

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8