Following the heavy rain that continues from Monday night, Phuket’s Governor, Norapat Plodthong, is expressing his concerns about more flash flooding and storms in many areas across the island.
“According to the TMD (Thai Meteorological Department) Office of the Southern West Coast, from Tuesday until Saturday, there is a moderate Southwest monsoon that is affecting the Andaman Sea as well as the whole west coast of southern Thailand,” said the Governor.
He explained that the torrential rains with isolated heavy downpours are expected in Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Ranong, Trang and Satun and people in the area should beware of the accumulated rainfall that could possibly cause flash floods.
He also asked sea crews and tour boats to be careful as the Andaman Sea has seas up to 2-3 meters high waves together with high winds and rain storms. He recommends mall boats in the Andaman to stay ashore over the next few days.
“I would like everybody to follow the weather forecast updates closely. If there are any local disasters or problems please contact your local administration as they are prepared with manpower and rescue equipment 24/7, especially in the risky areas that used to suffer from floods and landslides.”
So far, some areas of Phuket have already experienced floods today, including the island’s main tourist town, Patong, and some areas in Phuket Town such as Surin Soi 2, the route connecting Phuket town with Koh Sirae.