Connect with us


Heavy rains in Phuket cause landslide

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET/PATONG: Torrential rain last night caused a massive landslide in Patong which left 200 meters of Sirirat Road covered in thick mud and debris.

The road blockage and flood waters caused traffic jams and long delays.

The landslide started from a construction site on Petchakut Road, 150 meters above Sirirat road, opposite Simon Cabaret.

Patong Deputy Mayor, Prasarn Yordtor said water from a burst pipe on Pethcakut Road, combined with the heavy rains, had triggered the landslide.

“This is the first time construction work has caused a landslide,” he said.

He said the construction error was worrying, but it would not happen again.

Local municipality workers and fire service teams started clearing the road with tractors soon after dawn this morning, but their efforts were hampered by heavy rain which continued to lash the area all day.

Ironically, residents of Soi Petchakut have been without water supply for more than six weeks because of construction problems on the steep hill.

For the past month and a half, they have been unable to wash or shower.

Builder, Chris Gray who has owned a property on Soi Petchakut for four years, said the area’s infrastructure simply couldn’t cope with the number of condos and apartments being built in the area.

Resident Knut Giesen said he had been forced to pay a private contractor to deliver 2000-litre water tanks to his home.

“The government is asking us to take more showers, to wash our hands and to generally keep clean to avoid the risk of swine flu infection, but for the past six weeks we haven’t had any running water,” he said.

Mr Knut said the residents still had to pay their monthly water bills, even though they weren’t getting any water.

“We have been told if we don’t pay our water bills, our water will never come back on,” he said.

Chief of Engineering at Phuket Waterworks, Pichai Wetchrungsri said the problem had been caused by the elevation of Soi Petchakut.

“A lot of foreigners complain about the water supply, but we don’t have enough water pressure from Kathu Waterworks station which sends water to Patong,” he said.

Mr Pichai said major improvements were currently underway, and additional water would soon be pumped from Baan Bangjo and Cherng Talay water stations to Patong.

“But that work won’t be completed for another one or two months,” he said.

— Fraser Morton & Atchaa Kamlo


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

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

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)7 mins ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 9,489 new cases; provincial totals

Thailand1 hour ago

Alleged drug dealer busted in Chon Buri, police seize drugs and gun

Crime2 hours ago

Nearly 200 police have been found guilty of misconduct this year

Sponsored4 hours ago

St. Andrews International School, joins global event for children’s wellbeing

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

Legalising prostitution, Beautiful Temples, Thai Taxi’s | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 27

Thailand3 hours ago

Army ranger suspected of killing his wife and mother-in-law surrenders to authorities in Songkhla

Thailand4 hours ago

6 dead and 30 provinces affected by topical storm ‘Dianmu’

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand5 hours ago

Kanchanaburi experiences earthquake so minor hardly anyone notices it

Thailand5 hours ago

Thailand Top Stories | Emergency decree extended, Quarantine waved | September 28

Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand’s reopening divided into 4 phases

Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand Restrictions waived Nov 1, Pornography law amendments | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 97

Coronavirus World6 hours ago

Restrictions tightened in Singapore amid surge in Covid-19 infections

Thailand6 hours ago

Pattaya mayor confirms Pattaya reopening postponed to November

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Thai PM hit with 50-million-baht lawsuit from angry restaurant operators

Coronavirus (Covid-19)7 hours ago

Tuesday Covid Update: 9,489 new cases and 129 deaths

Coronavirus Vaccines7 hours ago

Thailand in talks to procure 120 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for 2022

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

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

Phuket7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

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

Tourism7 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand8 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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

Thailand9 months ago

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