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Phuket Governor warns developers of flood, landslide risks

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PHUKET: Governor Tri Augkaradacha has urged officials and local agencies to be vigilant in preventing flooding and landslides near construction sites and at recently completed housing projects.

The call followed the Thai Meteorological Department on Wednesday issuing a wet weather warning for 15 provinces in southern Thailand through the end of the month.

Heavy rains caused by a monsoon trough over the Andaman Sea have since soaked Phuket.

The governor told officials gathered at the Land Office to be wary of drains blocked by silt and muddy runoff from nearby construction areas denuded of foliage.

Land Office chief Paitoon Lertkrai said, “We are taking extra care to ensure construction follows the EIA [Environmental Impact Assessment] that was approved for the project, with special attention given to the size of the drains and waste-water systems.”

Mr Paitoon said that about 50 residential housing projects were currently underway in Phuket, 12 of which were approved last year.

“Some of them have just been completed,” he said.

Only two housing projects have been approved this year, he added.

“It’s normal to receive some complaints about flooding while any project is under construction. The complaints usually stem from drains being blocked,” he added.

However, the Land chief pointed out that potential Phuket home buyers were getting smarter.

“The number of complaints about housing projects is decreasing as people are now more astute. If any projects have flooding problems, they simply will not buy the houses in these projects,” he said.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

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25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

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A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

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Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

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The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

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