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UPDATE – Landslides, potholes and budgets. Aftermath from Phuket’s floods.

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Today (September 16) a team from Phuket Provincial Highway Office has closed and is fixing Bangpae Bridge, which is on Tharua road, on the way towards Baan Para in Thalang, after the bridge collapsed due to the flood. The bridge is expected to be finished by 8pm.

Another team led by Vice Governor, Siriporn Chuasawad, also visited and helped the locals who are affected from the disaster.

“There are 2,000 households affected by this flood and 4 spots in Thalang have been declared as disaster zones which include Thepkasattri, Paklok, OrBorTor Thepkasattri and Srisunthorn,” said the Governor, Norapat Plodthong.

“I have ordered the vice governor to visit the affected places and give away basic utilities and consumption goods for people.”

The Governor has also ordered all departments involved to help people who are affected from the flood yesterday while he prepares for meetings to discuss about short and long term plans to handle the flood.

“There are landslides in Kalim, Kamala and on Patong Hill. The ones in Kalim and on Patong Hill are minor. In Kamala, the local officials have evacuated the construction team and 12 households from the risky area.”

“While in Phuket Town area of Rassada, a retaining wall of privately owned land has collapsed and destroyed some townhouses of the neighbours. 22 houses are affected from this incident and 5-6 of them are severely damaged. Those who have their houses in the risky area also have been evacuated to a safer place. A team of public works engineers are on location to check for the cause.”

Phuket Provincial Offices of Public Works and Town & Country Planning has filed for budgets to spend on flood solution systems for the whole island. In the Phuket Town area, Bang Yai Canal will be expanded and developed to hold more water. And for Phuket Town as well as Patong, the number of drains will be increased to allow water to drain to the sea faster.

The flooding around the island has been drained though some people have still set up sand bags in front of their houses to prepare for any flash flooding as the rain appears that it will continue for a few days, partly due to the weather systems surrounding the Doksuri storm that hit Vietnam yesterday and continues to head west into Thailand as it weakens.

- Kritsada Mueanhawong

Kritsada Mueanhawong lives the news. He chases it and delivers it, fresh everyday. Nathan Thepbamrung is a Phuket native that translates the Thai news feeds and prepares them for Phuket Gazette.

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Chiang Mai: New Zealander accused of masterminding murder of his Korean mother Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai police have arrested a New Zealander for allegedly masterminding the murder of his Korean mother by setting it up as quarrel between his wife and his elderly mother.

50 year old Brian Lee was arrested and charged with masterminding the murder of 76 year old An Jung Ja at a house in the Mountain View village in Tambon San Phisua in Chiang Mai’s Muang district on Thursday. He was being detained at the Mae Ping police station.

Earlier, Lee claimed his mother had a quarrel with her daughter-in-law, Park Songhee, who then stabbed her to death out of anger. Lee said his mother became angry at the speed of Park’s response to being called, and so grabbed her daughter-in-law and slammed her head against the wall and injuring her, before Park then stabbed her.

But after checking forensic evidence and security-camera footage, police concluded that Lee had lied about the quarrel and took part in the killing of his mother. His wife was under police watch at Chiang Mai Hospital.

Police said Lee’s mother had several apartments and businesses in South Korea, and Lee had brought her to live with the couple in Chiang Mai six months ago.

STORY: The Nation

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Bangkok: Female’s head and body parts found in bags north-east of city

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PHOTOS: Thai Rath

The mutilated body of a female has been found in the Soi Klong Samwa, in the north-eastern outer suburbs of Bangkok. Minburi police, forensic experts and members of the Por Teck Tung Foundation headed to the location where the body was found.

In a shoulder bag, wrapped in a black rubbish bin liner, was the head of a long haired woman.

Several metres away were two fertiliser sacks that police believe contains the torso and body parts of the victim. The body parts are believed to have been in the sack for three or four days. The location of the grisly find was about 1 kilometre down a small soi and was found after local residents smelt a bad odour.

Police are continuing their investigating.

Video and original story: Thai Rath

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Phuket: Two arrested in Rawai over illegal football gambling

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Two Thai men have been arrested in Rawai after they were found to be illegally gambling on World Cup football matches.

Yesterday afternoon a team of officials from the Chalong Police arrested 55 year old Gosri ‘Boon’ Rueangrit and 30 year old Sriwawut Rueangrit at a house in Rawai.

Police seized four books of loan lists from Gosri, a bank book and football match prediction lists (dated  June 21). The items and the men were taken to Chalong Police Station for further questioning.

Gosri has since been charged with offences relating to the Excessive Interest Rate Prohibition Act and providing illegal football gambling.

Police seized a mobile phone from Sriwawut with a screenshot of the ‘lion888.net’ website including the username ‘la151199’ – a football prediction App with predictions and betting odds from June 17-22.

Sriwawut has been charged with illegal football gambling.

 

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