Flooding and landslides caused by days of downpours in Phuket continue to devastate the island province. In particular, the authorities of the popular resort destination warned of the destruction of the main road to Phuket International Airport.
Due to floods and landslides that have affected the condition of the roadway, tourists have difficulty getting to Phuket International Airport. In order to catch their flight, they are recommended to lay at least 3-4 hours on the way, even if it seems that the point of departure is within easy reach. At the same time, travelers who do not have to fly anywhere yet, the police urged to stay at home and not to move around the streets without an urgent need, The Thaiger reported.
A separate message from the authorities was released about Patong. They urged people to avoid visiting the resort town on the island's west coast. Here is a quote from the announcement of the Phuket Provincial Police: “If it is not necessary, please do not go to Patong. At this time, traffic jams occur on the roads from Patong to Chalong and Surin Beach on both bypass routes due to the large number of motorists.
The destruction in the area became massive. For example, the road leading to Patong Hill suffered a landslide on the night of October 19, and another collapsed on the morning of October 20. The sinkholes are so large that the police had to divert traffic from the north side to the south lanes, resulting in long traffic delays. The police have warned people not to try to use the road over Patong Hill either by bike, car or on foot.
The main road from Patong to Kamala (a beach in the central part of the island and one of the main tourist attractions in Phuket ) was also closed this morning after, again on the night of October 19, a landslide knocked down trees on power poles and the road. Traffic on the western Chao Fa road past Wat Chalong is extremely slow, with long delays.
The local Department of Meteorology gave a poor forecast: according to weather forecasts, heavy rains will continue in the southern provinces of Thailand on Friday, October 21st. This means that the risk of flash floods and road collapses will remain high.
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