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Plans to solve landslide and flood problems

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PHUKET: The Chief of the Phuket Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (ODPM), Metha Mekarat, has outlined both short- and long-term plans that he hopes will reduce instances of flooding and landslides in Phuket.

K. Metha told the Gazette that the recent flooding and landslides were caused both by nature and by human interference.

“Some housing projects have caused watercourses to become blocked and hillsides to be stripped of vegetation, the roots of which would otherwise hold surface soil in place,” said K. Metha.

Describing these problems as “not major”, he said that the ODPM had used data from the Department of Mineral Resources, which carried out surveys over the past 12 months to identify risk areas.

The surveys found six locations along the road between Kalim and Patong that are particularly at risk of both flooding and landslides.

A further eight areas along Phra Barami Rd and Ao Por Lungka Daeng Rd in Patong are also at risk from landslides “before too long,” K. Metha said.

Strategies to minimize the effect of deforestation will include covering high-risk hillsides with protective mesh to hold the soil in place, with a wall at the base of the hill as a last-ditch defense in case the mesh should fail.

Long-term plans include reducing the incline of entire hillsides – both those with roads and as-yet undeveloped ones – in the risk areas.

K. Metha said that the Phuket Provincial Highways Office and the Phuket Provincial Rural Roads Office must first survey the areas in question before submitting a budget request for Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura to forward to the central government.

K. Metha said that Gov Udomsak has already taken the initiative by setting up a committee to identify and inspect all of the building developments that may have caused deforestation or blockages to watercourses.

The committee will, according to K. Metha, make “recommendations” to project developers that they solve the problems they have caused. It will, however, have no power to enforce its recommendations.



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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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