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PATONG, PHUKET: As the monsoon season approaches, Patong residents fear that unusually prolonged flooding on a section of Nanai Road will only get worse.

Despite efforts by Patong Municipality to rectify the problem, the section of Nanai Road has remained permanently under three feet of water for the past few weeks. It has become such a constant fixture that local residents have nicknamed the stretch “Nanai River”.

US citizen Gary Robinson, who has lived in Patong for more than 10 years, said he had never seen an area of the town stay flooded for so long.

They should set up a longtail ferry service,” he quipped.

The affected stretch runs roughly from the Aroonpat Village housing estate to the Chang Residence Hotel, though the size of the affected area varies with rainfall.

A local motorcycle taxi driver said the area has been flooded on and off since the week before the Songkran festival. The floodwater is partially comprised of raw sewage released by houses and shops on higher ground, he claimed.

Another agreed. “The water is very smelly and dirty. After touching it, you feel really itchy,” he said.

Teeranun Boonma, Deputy Director of Sanitation at Patong Municipality, denied that the water poses a health hazard.

The floodwater has no effect on humans. It’s not dirty water, it’s rainwater. The dirty water gets sent to another area,” he said.

Rainwater used to drain through the Aroonpat Village estate, through a section of private land and into a canal, Mr Teeranun said.

The owner of the private land had recently blocked the drains and this was what had caused the flooding, he claimed.

The municipality has been trying to remove the water using a pump, but with little success.

They did put a pump up, but the pump is just obviously not adequate. It’s like using a cup to bail out the Titanic,” Mr Robinson said.

Mr Teeranun said the pump is now broken, but that plans are afoot to buy two more “as soon as possible”.

The municipality has plans to solve the problem on a more long-term basis by raising the road and drainage channel beneath it by about 60 centimeters. This will channel rainwater to part of the local drainage network and thus prevent flooding, he said.

The plan would cost from five to six million baht and take three or four months to implement, he said.

Mr Teeranun admitted that an urgent solution was needed.

“It’s close to the rainy season. We have to solve this problem as soon as possible,” he said.

Gary Robinson agrees. “We could easily get two days of heavy rain. If we get that, the whole thing is going to get really crazy,” he said.

— Khunakorn Terdkiatkhachorn & Dan Waites



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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