Fierce storms cause more than B300,000 worth of damage

PHUKET: Fierce storms this week caused more than 300,000 baht worth of damage to at least nine houses in Phuket, toppling trees and causing landslides in several areas.

The heavy downpour this morning toppled several trees and damaged two houses in Ao Po and seven other houses were damaged in Thalang on Tuesday.

“There was a landslide in the Ao Yon area. Areas in Saphan Hin and the road leading up to Kamala were also affected by falling trees, blocking the roads there,” said Sirisak Skoonsorutcha, chief of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Phuket Office.

DDPM officers immediately cleared the affected areas to restore traffic during the morning commute.

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No injuries or damage to vehicles was reported from the falling trees, said Mr Sirisak. However, he advised motorists to be very cautious during the monsoon season.

“If you are having difficulty driving during a downpour, please just pull over until conditions become clearer,” he said.

DDPM officers and local authorities are on a 24-hour alert for emergency situations. Residents who need help can contact local authorities or call the DDPM at 076-218 444076-218 444. CallSend SMSCall from mobileAdd to SkypeYou’ll need Skype CreditFree via Skype

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