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Villagers in southern provinces panicked by high waves; Phuket not affected

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PHUKET: Christmas brought panic to many villagers in southern Thailand yesterday when high waves hit several coastal provinces, just one day short of today’s seventh anniversary of the December 26 tsunami, which killed thousands and shocked the whole country.

But there were no reports of panic in Phuket yesterday, although high winds prevailed throughout much of it, accelerating toward dusk.

In Chumphon, where villagers still consider Christmas day as inauspicious, waves ravaged hundreds of houses and winds uprooted many trees. Some local fishermen lost radio contact with others when the sea turned hostile.

In Lang Suan, affected people were ordered to evacuate. Elsewhere, the big waves and strong winds also caused panic.

“I’ve never seen such big waves before,” said Fon Yangnoi, a 60-year-old resident in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Sam Roi Yot district.

He was speaking after the waves, two to four metres high, ravaged seaside restaurants and shops along the coastline.

“The waves were so high and the winds were so strong that they were frightening,” Hua Hin Beach Shop Club ‘chairwoman’ Somprapa Morakan said.

She said the shops would be closed until the weather returned to normal. Her club oversees shops along the Hua Hin beachfront from the Hilton Hotel to the Sofitel.

She said she had already instructed the shopowners to move their possessions out of their structures as a precaution. “It has been forecast that the rough weather conditions will continue for a few more days,” she said.

Wanchai Iam-udom, a 62-year-old fisherman, was convinced that the waves were the highest in the province since Typhoon Gay more than two decades ago.

“It’s dreadful because the waves have already broken up three small fishing trawlers,” he said.

Tourists along Prachuap Khiri Khan’s coastline have been warned against playing in the sea.

Locals in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Pattani also reported high waves threatening their homes.

Many events will take place today in the tsunami-hit provinces to commemorate that tragedy.

Here in Phuket, an international ‘Medical Rally‘ at Nai Yang beach is in it’s closing day. The rally sees disaster medical assistance teams from all over Thailand, plus Japan, Korea and Sri Lanka, in a training exercise to deal with large scale disasters such as the 2004 tsunami.



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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