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Phuket Update: One dead, four injured in Krabi mudslides

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PHUKET: Officials in Khao Phanom District, Krabi, have dismissed Phuket-based media reports that “thousands are missing” following two landslides in the district.

The confirmed toll this morning is one dead and four injured, two seriously, they say.

An officer at the Khao Phanom District Office internal security division in Krabi told the Phuket Gazette, “The first mudslide occurred yesterday in Baan Ton Han, in Na Khao subdistrict.

“One person died and a few hundred others had to stay in eight temporary shelters set up by the District Office at local temples and schools.”

However, some 1,000 villagers in other at-risk villages in the area have been asked to evacuate temporarily as a security precaution, he added.

“The area is still flooded. Khao Phanom District will hold a briefing on the situation this afternoon,” the officer said.

Chuengnarong Choochuay, chief administrator (Palad) of Khao Phanom Municipality, confirmed that a second mudslide took place in the municipality at about 10am today.

“Four people were injured, two seriously,” he said.

“We haven’t received any reports of deaths. The road to the village is blocked, so officials are having trouble getting through to render assistance,” he said.

Khao Phanom municipal officials and members of various other government agencies and private rescue foundations are organizing the relief effort, he said.

“About 100 people have had to move out the area and stay in relatives’ homes” Mr Chuengnarong said.

It was still too early to do an accurate assessment of damage to the village, he said.

Southern Thailand has experienced unseasonably heavy rains this March, similar in intensity to the downpours that typically hit Phuket at the usual height of the monsoon season in September.

Regionally, nearly a million residents living in flood-hit areas in the South have been left stranded with no access to land and air transport, even as the number of deaths increased to nine, with the grim prospect of heavy rains pounding many of the areas for the next few days.

A storm yesterday aggravated difficulties for the hardest-hit province of Nakhon Sri Thammarat, damaging 250 homes in coastal areas and the Talum Phuk peninsula.

The raging winds felled a number of power poles, causing blackouts in many areas.

Local residents of the peninsula complained about the total lack of assistance from authorities, and shortages of food and electricity. Fishermen are relying entirely on high-interest loans from illegal lenders to pay for their regular expenses while they are unable to go out fishing.

In Lan Saka district, a large number of people living at the foot of small hills have been evacuated following mudslides, with the possibility of more coming. A large pile of debris has covered farmlands and damaged them.

The main cause of mudslides is human activity in hillside areas that strips the soil of its natural vegetative cover and compromises natural runoff channels, leaving soil exposed to water-logging.

The area is closed to all traffic except emergency response crews and government officials. Access is only possible by four-wheel-drive vehicles after the mudslide covered roads.

Additional reporting by Phuket Gazette partner publication The Nation.

— Atchaa Khamlo



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Phuket declares rabies outbreak zone in Chalong

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A district livestock development office in Phuket province has announced a Rabies outbreak zone in the Chalong area yesterday.

Sutat Niyomthai, Chief of livestock development officer of Mueang Phuket District, has announced that the Baan Na Yai, Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong is a designated outbreak zone after a dog tested positive for Rabies.

A rabies temporary control zone will run from January 17 to February 16 in a radius around the Moo 4 village in Tambon Chalong:

• North to Baan Ketho in Moo 7, Kathu.

• South: to Baan Bang Kontee in Moo 5, Rawai.

• East: To Baan Borea in Moo 6, Wichit.

• West: To Karon Temple in Moo 1, Karon.

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Chumphon woman, working in Phuket, wins first prize in lottery

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A woman from Chumphon, who helps out her sister in Phuket, returned to her hometown last week where she bought a lottery ticket.

The ticket won her the first prize in the lottery.

38 year old Thai woman Chonrada Laimer from Chumphon went to Chalong Police Station yesterday with the first prize lottery ticket number 197079. The weekly lottery numbers were announced yesterday. She claims 6 million baht as the first prize.

Khun Chonrada says, “I am from Chumphon. I help my sister to sell goods in Rawai during high season. I had to visit my home in Chumphon last week and bought the lottery ticket there. It is the number of my car number plate. Then I returned to Phuket.”

“I am very happy. I will use this money to fix my parent’s house. I will still help my sister to sell goods.”

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Australian woman deported for overstaying visa by over 100 days

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PHOTOS: Facebook/Claire Johnson

An Australian woman, who was caught overstaying her visa by 111 days, will be released from detention and deported by Thai authorities tonight.

She came to the media’s attention on Monday after sending urgent messages to a friend saying that she was being taken to a detention centre and that “they are taking my phone”.

46 year old Claire Amelia Johnson is an Australian Gold Coast resident. She will depart Bangkok on a QANTAS flight scheduled to arrive in Sydney tomorrow (Friday) morning.

She was due to return to Australia more than a week ago but on Monday evening sent messages to her friend Juliet Potter and told her that she was in an immigration detention centre in Bangkok and begged her to please “help me”.

Read The Thaiger story about her desperate pleas HERE.

Ms Johnson had been running a medical tourism business called Cosmetic Holidays International that offered cosmetic packages in Phuket”.

The business was voluntarily deregistered with the Australian Securities Commission in May 2017, after five years of operation, but her social media accounts continued to promote her cosmetic-surgery tourism business.

Thailand’s immigration chief, Surachate Hakparn, told Australia’s Fairfax media that Ms Johnson had been arrested, as well as fined, and would be deported after overstaying her tourist visa by more than 100 days.

“My Immigration Department will send her to Australia. She leaves tonight.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade would say only that it was “providing consular assistance to an Australian woman detained in Thailand”, without naming Claire.

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