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ICT Ministry plans disaster communications fix for Phuket

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PHUKET: A team of Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) experts yesterday consulted with Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha on how to improve communications during future disaster evacuations.

The team, led by ICT communications expert Chaiyun Pengkiatpairot, aims to prevent a mobile phone network overload, such as that which hindered communications during the evacuation of tsunami-risk areas on April 11.

“Communication systems failure is one of the most important issues. People on Phuket could not phone each other or receive calls from off-island. The only communication system available on the day was two-way radio,” said Mr Chaiyun.

“Apart from inconveniencing the public, the systems failure also prevented emergency services coordinators from contacting their teams on the ground and other organizations. The ICT Ministry has to fix this problem,” he added.

The proposed plan involves the ICT Ministry improving overall communications systems though integration.

Under the plan presented, two-way radios would be able to interface with mobile phones, landlines and internet-based communications. The system has been developed by the ministry in cooperation with Kasetsart University, which has already registered a copyright for the technology, Mr Chaiyun explained.

“After talking with Governor Tri, I can report back to the ICT [Ministry] and begin planning to implement the system here in Phuket. Once it is in place, Phuket will have a stable communications network capable of operating during emergency situations,” Mr Chaiyun added.

Governor Tri said that he also wanted the ICT to fix two tsunami warning towers that failed to sound on April 11.

According to seismologists who have studied the recent activity, earthquakes centered in the immediate region should be limited to a maximum theoretical magnitude of around 5.0 to 6.0 on the Richter scale, Gov Tri said.

While the recent tremors are thousands of times smaller, he has nevertheless ordered officials to monitor the situation carefully and provide assistance to those who have suffered property damage, he added.

In a related development, Public Health Minister Wittaya Buranasiri ordered an inspection of two buildings at Patong Hospital after cracks were noticed after the recent tremors.

“I was informed that the earthquake that struck Phuket on April 16 caused cracks in the Rak Cheeva building at Patong Hospital, so I ordered the engineering division to go to check the damages.

“If they find any damage that could affect the structural integrity of the building, they should report it to the Office of the Permanent Secretary,” said Minister Wittaya.

Thus far Patong Hospital is the only hospital in Phuket to report earthquake damage, he said.

He has also ordered Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, and Phitsanuloke hospitals to each loan one ambulance to the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office in the event that a disaster occurs along the Andaman Coast, he said

The minister also ordered all hospitals located near the fault lines to closely monitor earthquake activity and prepare appropriate evacuation plans.

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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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