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Tsunami alarm drill set for December 16

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PHUKET: The National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) will conduct a simultaneous test of all Information and Communications Ministry (ICT) tsunami warning towers in the Andaman provinces on December 16, Suranand Vejjajiva, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, has announced. The timing of the test has yet to be set.

K. Suranand made the announcement at a meeting on Tuesday with the Governors of Phuket and Phang Nga Provinces and Vice-Governors from Krabi, Ranong and Trang, during which he was brought up to date on the status of tsunami warning systems and evacuation plans in the five provinces.

“The NDWC will set off the alarms as if it were a real situation, so that we can be sure that it works for local people and tourists,” K. Suranand said.

“In Khao Lak, there are now four [ICT] warning towers linked with the NDWC, which will also alert Radio Thailand so they can issue warnings. However, we must hurry to have evacuation signs erected by December 15.

“In addition, in each province, we must coordinate with places such as hotels and resorts to make sure they have tsunami warning alarms fitted, linked direct to the NDWC, because most tourists stay in hotels.”

He added that the detector buoy system to be set up in the Andaman Sea will be operational about the middle of next year. “This world-standard system will give us about one hour’s warning to evacuate all local people and tourists.

“We have allocated 93 million baht for setting up this system. When it is complete we will also be able warn other countries bordering the Indian Ocean,” he said.

K. Suranand explained that three ICT warning towers are operational in Patong, and that some 24 towers in total will be installed throughout the tsunami-affected provinces.

“We have chosen where 24 warning towers will be installed, focusing mainly on places damaged last year. And as the local administrative bodies have most of the budget [to build them] they should be complete soon,” K. Suranand said.

Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura said that he expected all the ICT warning towers in Phuket to ready by December 16.

“In addition to these, the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) has built 12 lookout towers at Phuket beaches, and the Royal Thai Navy will build 18 more lookout towers around the island,” Gov Udomsak said.

“And the NDWC, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the OrBorJor will hurry to finish posting evacuation signs and building tsunami shelters,” he added.

Phang Nga Governor Vinai Buapradit said that eight of the 16 ICT Ministry warning towers in mainland Phang Nga will be complete by the end of this month, with more towers on islands in the province to be completed no later than February.

Nine more towers will be erected around the province, he said, and one warning tower linked with the NDWC has already been installed at Baan Nam Khem.

“The evacuation signs must be finished before December 26 because that day is first anniversary of the tsunami, and I want shelters built because Phang Nga is flat land, which means people cannot escape a tsunami. There will be five tsunami shelters built on the mainland and three more on islands, together costing about 25 million baht,” he said.



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Power outage in parts of Chalong tomorrow

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Residents of Chalong should be aware that there is a scheduled power outage from 9am to 4.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) as the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) continues its work on high power voltage systems in the area.

The blackouts will affect the areas from the Shell petrol station on Patak Road to Bayshore law office opposite Chalong Beach Hotel on Wiset Road.

As always, the PEA apologises for the inconvenience.

For more information contact the Operations and Maintenance Department of the Provincial Electricity Authority on 07 652 1099 (24 hr)

 

 

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Free water schedules for residents in Patong and Rassada

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Authorities have announced schedules of free water distribution for residents in Patong and Rassada.

In Rassada by the Phuket Waterworks Authority (PWA)

  1. Koh Siray, from 8pm to midnight every day at Supitcha housing estate
  2. Soi Kingkaew and Soi Honsaithong, from 9am to 3pm every day.
  3. Nattakamon housing estate, one time per three days.
  4. Thep Buri housing estate, one time per three days.
  5. Sri Suchart 2 housing estate , Rock Garden housing estate and Kietsin hosuing estate, one time per three days.

In Patong by Patong Municipality

Free water is available on Phra Baree Road, Phisit Koranee Road and Nanai Road on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am, onward starting today.

Residents are told they need to bring water buckets.

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Alleged Greek murderer of Phuket beautician remains at large

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PHOTO: Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulo, wanted and believed to be living in Greece

Local Phuket police are yet be informed of the latest in an international hunt for a Greek alleged murderer Dimitrios Chairopoulos. He remains wanted as a suspect in the murder of local beautician 43 year old Niramon ‘Bea’ Aewkaew in Phuket during February.

Cherng Talay police say they want an Interpol Red Notice issued so that they can track down and arrest 42 year old Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulos, wanted for the murder. Bea and Dim were seen leaving their accommodation on February 11. It was the last time Bea would be seen alive.

Mr Chairopoulos was recorded as clearing Immigration at Phuket International Airport to board a flight to Dubai in the hours after Ms Niramon was last seen alive. He boarded an Emirates flight EK0379 to Dubai, departing Phuket at 2am. Police also confirmed that he arrived in Dubai on the same day.

“If he comes back to Thailand he will be arrested,” said Chief Col Sen Kwannimit of the Cherng Talay Police.

A request for a Red Notice was submitted with the Foreign Affairs Division of the Royal Thai Police on February 19 but, for now, no formal international’s notice has been published..

Cherng Talay Police confirmed that Dim was seen leaving the room at a guesthouse in Bang Tao where Ms Niramon’s body was found on Saturday, February 16.

In the days leading up to her murder her family had been desperately trying to contact her.

‘Bea’ was the eldest of 5 children from Phatthalung province and had been working in Phuket as a beautician at the time.

One of her sisters, May’ was contacted on February 15 by one of Bea’s workmates trying to locate her.

Neither May or Bea’s other sisters, relatives or friends were able to contact her. Bea had just moved to a new house so nobody knew where she was living. Another sister, Pichy, spoke to friends and was able, using Google Maps, to locate the guesthouse she was staying.

The owner of the room told the family that the air-conditioning was on in the room but there was no response. When the owner returned with a key he informed the family that Bea was found on the bed with a black cloth stuffed in her mouth and her hands and feet bound.

CCTV footage shows the couple leaving the room in the afternoon of February 11, the last time that Bea was seen alive.

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Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulos with his daughter from another relationship

What we know about the alleged murderer?

Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulos, who remains at large and thought to be in Greece, worked as security in a night club in Athens. He already had a daughter to another woman in Greece.

During his relationship and marriage with Bea he was said to be ‘controlling’ and ‘jealous’ by members of Bea’s family. A close family friend told The Thaiger that the family had concerns for Bea’s safety and were ‘uncomfortable’ with her ongoing relationship and marriage with Dim.

“We tried to get to know him at family functions but he was not easy to know and seemed very possessive of Bea,” said one of the close family members who asked not to be named.

“He did threaten to kill her if she ever left him and Oh, another of her sisters, went with Bea to file a report of the threats at the Cherng Talay police station at the time,” they explained.

That report was made to police in 2016. A year later the pair married and were still married at the time of the murder.

“He would drive past the beauty shops that Bea worked at and spy on her.”

The family claim that, apart from his own possessions, he also stole Bea’s phone before he headed to the Phuket International Airport on the evening of the murder.

So where is Dimitrios Chairopoulo?

At this stage the Greek Embassy has made no comment about the case or followed up with Greek Police about the pursuit for the fugitive man.

There are currently approximately 58,000 valid Red Notices worldwide of which only 7,000 are public. An Interpol Red Notice has not been issued to alert international police or Immigration officials to be on the look-out for Dim.

For now, the alleged murderer of Bea – an innocent Phuket beautician, beloved sister and family member – remains at large, most probably in Greece.

If anyone has any information about Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulo’s whereabouts or information that may lead police to arrest him, please send a confidential message to The Thaiger.

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