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Phuket City to spend more than B100mn on flood defense

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PHUKET: In the wake of floodwaters inundating Phuket Town in August, Phuket City Municipality is looking to spend 100 million baht on flood defense measures, starting with a 10-million-baht study conducted by a private consultant.

The news was delivered at a public meeting chaired by Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana at the Phuket Merlin Hotel in Phuket Town on Wednesday.

Songkrit Sappakit, executive director of Phisut Technology Co Ltd and head of the project, explained to the gathering that the Phuket City Council had requested 10 million baht from the Phuket Provincial Office.

The money is to fund a study of flood-prevention measures for Phuket Town and its borders with the neighboring areas of Wichit and Rassada.

“The study framework is defined in three phases: 1) To create a plan for the medium and long term; 2) To study the appropriateness of the approach that will be used to fix flood problems; and 3) To design the construction projects that will be used to fix and prevent flood problems,” said Mr Songkrit.

“The budget that will be spent on the construction project is about 100 million baht. The study is already underway and scheduled to be completed by April 25, 2013,” he added.

The flood-prone areas to gain immediate attention were noted as:

Zone 1: Samkong, along Soi Panieng

Zone 2: Samkong, at the base of Khao Rang (Rang Hill)

Zone 3: Around Surakul Stadium on Wichit Songkhram Road

Zone 4: Around Suan Luang park, including Wirat-Hongyok Road to Bangkok Road and along Sakdidet Road bordering Phuket Town and Wichit

Zone 5: Phuket Town, Surin Road to Anuphas Phuket Karn Road

Zone 6: Phuket Town, all areas alongside canals and ponds.

Mr Songkrit blamed the clearing and redeveloping of landscapes for new housing estates, among other construction projects, on the outskirts of Phuket Town as the main cause of flooding further toward the heart of the city.

“The run-off from cleared plots enters the canals, making them more shallow. When there’s heavy rain and high tide at the same time, the water cannot flow out fast enough. That’s why flooding has become a major problem in Phuket Town,” Mr Songkrit explained.

“The way to fix the problem is to improve the ability of the canals throughout Phuket Town to have run-off water flow out quickly, and to make sure that the ponds are able to handle large volumes of water. To be able to do this, we need to dredge the canals and the ponds,” he added.

“How we manage the ponds is important. The best way to do it is to use Gam Ling (“Monkey Cheek” detention basins) to hold the extra volumes of water until it can flow out through the canals.

“Man-made canals should also be dug to help the existing natural canals cope with extra run-off. I believe this will help relieve the flood problem,” Mr Songkrit said.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

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Phuket sets quarantine requirement for those entering the province, some exempt

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A 14-day period in quarantine is required for those entering Phuket who are either not vaccinated against the coronavirus or have not been tested for Covid-19 within 72 hours of arrival.

Phuket Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong made the announcement yesterday, adding they will no longer require Covid-19 tests on arrival. Phuket News notes that the required tests were problematic, particularly for truck drivers who were delivering essential items to the island on a regular basis.

“If you stay in Phuket shorter than 14 days, then you will be in quarantine as long as you stay on the island… From today on, no rapid tests anymore. Arrivals without any documents must get the quarantine order at the checkpoint.”

Piyapong says staff from the Phuket Public Health Office will hand out quarantine orders to those entering the province. The a copy of the order will be sent to the Emergency Operation Centre, which will follow up with those who are in quarantine at their homes or hotels.

The main Phuket checkpoint will only be open from 8:30am to 8:30pm. Only delivery vehicles can enter outside of those hours.

Those only entering Phuket for a short day trip are exempt from the quarantine rule, according to the Phuket News.

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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Fishermen find space debris off the coast of Phuket

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Local fishermen found space debris, possibly from a satellite or space shuttle, on the seabed just 6 metres below the surface by Koh Ael in Phuket. At first, no one knew exactly what it was.

Specialists from a Navy explosive ordinance disposal unit were first called to look at the round, hollow metal object which was about 45 centimetres in diameter. 3rd Naval Area commander Vice Admiral Choengchai Chomchoengpaet told reporters at a press conference that the team took photos of the object and found it appeared to be a rocket fuel tank, possibly used to launch a satellite or shuttle into space. He said it matched photos online.

Both the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, or GISTDA, and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand, agree that the object was most likely a fuel tank for a rocket.

Since the fuel tanks usually contain harmful chemicals like ammonia or hydrogen, divers examined the space debris to make sure there were no chemical leaks before bringing the object to shore and taken to the navy headquarters. The space debris will be taken to the GISTDA to be studied.

“If other objects similar to this one are found elsewhere, people should not touch them. They could contain hazardous chemicals. They should immediately inform Region 3 Thai-MECC or local officials.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Phuket police search for foreigners who were seen drinking beer at a restaurant

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Phuket officials are serious about disease control orders banning parties and gatherings with friends, especially when alcohol is involved. They’re so serious, that apparently they’re searching for 4 foreigners who were seen drinking beers at a restuarant in Rawai.

Police raided the restaurant yesterday at a complaint from a woman who works for the local district office. She was out on a campaign pushing for locals to wear face masks when she noticed that some people were sitting at the Roxanne restuarant, having a beer. Photos as well as a video was sent to the police showing a group of 4 foreign men and 2 Thai women sitting at the restaurant together.

Along with police officers, local officials from the Muang District Office and Rawai Municipality showed up to the restuarant. Reports say the men were seen driving off on motorcycles just as as the team of 10 officers and public officials arrived. The beer was still on the table when police arrived.

Officers took the owner of the restaurant and 4 of the employees to the Chalong Police Station. The owner is facing charges of breach of the provincial order banning the sale of alcohol and allowing the consumption of alcohol on the premises.

Just last week, police raided a home in Cherngtalay, breaking up a gathering of 6 people. 2 men from the UK who work in Phuket were taken to the police station and fined 6,000 baht whilst police were still waiting for another 4 people to present themselves at the police station.

As part of the disease control measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, preparing Phuket for a possible Covid and quarantine-free reopening in July, officials have banned social activities and gatherings, with the expection of traditional events like funerals. Phuket authorities have warned that foreign residents who break the rules could be subject to being deported.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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