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Phuket flood warning issued as Patong hospital, police station access hampered

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PHUKET: The torrential rains across Phuket this morning caused more flooding in Patong, with access routes to the Patong Hospital and Patong Police Station under water.

The downpours this morning saw 56.2mm of rainfall recorded within just three hours in Phuket Town, from 7am to 10am, while the weather monitoring station at Phuket Airport recorded 14.4mm from 4am to 7am and a further 9.8mm from 10am to 1pm.

Patong Hospital Director Sirichai Silpa-archa confirmed that the hospital’s facilities remained unaffected, though heavy vehicles were brought in to make sure any inbound patients could be delivered to the emergency ward.

Patong Police Superintendent Chiraphat Pochanaphan told the Phuket Gazette that his officers and those from Patong Municipality were manning the pumps to drain floodwater blocking access to the front of the police station.

“If the rain stops, the water will recede and everything will return to normal. In the meantime, police are performing their regular duties as usual,” he said.

Flash floods also inundated Phang Muang Sai Kor Road, which runs behind the Jungceylon shopping mall (map here), blocking motorists in small cars from continuing their journey.

Kathu District Chief Veera Kerdsirimongkol explained that keeping the storm drains throughout the town clear of debris was critical in helping the floodwater to recede.

“We need to accelerate the drainage of water into the sea as quickly as possible. We have called in all relevant agencies to make this possible. If the rain stops, the floodwater will recede quickly,” he assured.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket office (DDPM-Phuket) has issued a flood warning for all areas across the island.

“The DDPM-Phuket is monitoring the situation closely and we have found several areas that are experiencing flooding due to the water being unable drain,” said the warning.

Areas in Patong identified as flooded included Phang Muang Sai Kor Road, Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Ratchapatanusorn Road, Sainamyen Road, Thaweewong Road, Soi Bangla, Soi Sansabai and Laem Petch Intersection at the north end of the beach.

Other areas near Phuket Town identified as at risk of flooding included Wirat Hongyok Road, Wat Naka Road and the entrance to Suan Luang (Rama IX, also known as King’s Park).

Local government agencies were told to prepare response teams, pumps and other equipment to provide emergency assistance in case of flash floods and landslides.

Meanwhile. the weather forecast calls for heavy rain until Friday, and Worapat Tiewthanom, Director-General of the Thai Meteorological Department issued another weather warning for Phuket and the Andaman coast at 11am this morning.

“Torrential rain and heavy to very heavy falls in many places are expected over the country, and strong wind waves 2 to 3 meters high are likely in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf,” Mr Worapat warned.

“People should beware of heavy rain. All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats keep ashore from June 11 to 14,” he added.

Additional report by Paramee Poolsawat

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

The world's fastest growing tourist destinations | News by The Thaiger

Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works

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The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.

The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.

The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.

Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.

As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.

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