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Authorities counter dengue, haze stories

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PHUKET: Tourism and health officials in Phuket today moved to counter press reports that Phuket is beset by dengue fever and by smoke from forest fires in Sumatra. The Director of the Phuket office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Anuphap Theerarath, told the Gazette that a report in a newspaper in Singapore about dengue fever had caused a number of tourists to cancel bookings for holidays in Phuket. “It is not true. Dengue fever in Phuket is under control, thanks to the actions of the Phuket Provincial Health Office.” He added that there are always cases of dengue fever around the region at this time of the year, but that this was not something that tourists need worry about. The Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported on Thursday that there had been 75 cases of dengue fever in the province this year. However, it noted, there had been no deaths, unlike in other parts of the region. Phuket has an estimated population of 450,000, so the dengue cases so far represent 1.7 cases per 10,000 population. The Gazette understands that Dr Boonrieng Chuchaisaengrat, Chief of the PHO, will be writing a letter, to be sent to hundreds of travel agencies around Asia, clarifying the situation and offering reassurance to nervous tourists. K. Anuphap also addressed reports that air pollution from out-of-control forest fires on the Indonesian island of Sumatra is affecting southern Thailand. “Phuket is a long way from Sumatra,” he said, “so the effect of the fires here is much less noticeable than in the five provinces in the deep south of Thailand. “There is no smoke or smell of burning. At the moment we have just a little bit of haze. This has happened in past years, but we have never had pollution on the same scale as the provinces that are nearer to Sumatra. The air here is still fresh.” Amorn Chantanavivate, director of the Southwestern Regional Meteorological Center, told the Gazette that the current haze in Phuket, which is affecting the air up to an altitude of 5,000 feet, is the result of a temporary southeast wind. The southwest monsoon, which normally prevails at this time of the year, should return shortly, he said, and would blow the smoke away from Phuket. Visibility is not a serious problem, he noted; aircraft are still flying and visibility is six kilometers, twice the minimum safe distance. He added that rain showers, which are normal at this time of year, will help to wash the haze from the air.



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall. Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike. The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. Pools of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was undrivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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