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Evacuation drills planned for June 30

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PHUKET: Evacuation drills will be conducted in all tsunami-risk areas on the island on June 30, Phuket Vice Governor Tri Augkaradacha has announced.

The drills will be coordinated jointly by the National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC), the local office of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket) and local administrative bodies where the exercises will take place.

The areas were listed as: Phuket City, Patong, Karon, Rawai, Chalong, Rassada, Sakoo, Mai Khao, Cherng Talay, Wichit, Pa Khlok and Kamala.

The provincial drills will be followed by a regional drill on July 25 to take place at 24 schools in the six Andaman coast provinces that are located in tsunami risk zones, V/Gov Tri said.

Patong Deputy Mayor Chairat Sukkaban welcomed the drills, describing as “very successful” two mock evacuations held in 2006 at a total cost of 500,000 baht.

The municipality has budgeted another 500,000 baht for evacuation drills this year, he said.

Groups including tourists, students and businesspeople would be informed about the drills and encouraged to participate, he said.

have already been held on ways to prevent and mitigate damages from landslides, he added.

DDPM chief Aroon Kerdsom said tambon administration organizations (OrBorTor) responsible for risk areas were also well prepared for the drills following a May 9 meeting to discuss budgeting, scheduling and other related issues.

Both the June 30 and July 25 drills would begin with the sounding of the tsunami warning sirens, which will be activated remotely from the NDWC headquarters in Nonthaburi, he said.

The last scheduled testing of the sirens on April 7 was scrapped at the last minute by the NDWC, raising suspicions about whether the systems satellite links were functioning properly and prompting a member of the Democrat party to demand a probe.

NDWC Director Dr Smith Dharmasaroja responded by insisting that the towers were functioning properly and were “silently” tested on a daily basis.

V/Gov Tri said that in order ensure compliance, all OrBorTor participating in the drill would be required to submit reports and recorded images of the evacuations to the DDPM-Phuket within three days.

He said there were four means by which the public could be warned of an impending disaster:

1. The media, including local and foreign television and radio stations, both public and private;

2. Alerts sent out by the Amateur Radio Society of Thailand, which has members all around Thailand;

3. Instant messages sent out to all local leaders and other subscribers via mobile phone networks;

4. Tsunami warning towers in high-risk areas. There are currently 79 such towers in the six Andaman coast provinces and 19 in Phuket. These are capable of sounding both siren sounds and recorded alerts in five languages: Thai, Chinese, Japanese, German, and English. The alerts are audible within 1.5 kilometers of the towers, he said.



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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