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Rain and Floods in Southern Thailand



Yesterday was really, really wet in Phuket. Didn't really stop raining all day and there was some minor flooding in parts of the island. Today (Thursday) is much brighter and (almost) sunny, but the brown water at the beach gives away the amount of rain that has fallen recently.

The Phuket Gazette said "Heavy rains today has caused flooding and traffic jams in some areas, but thus far there have been no reports of landslides or serious damage.

A two-hour downpour starting about 10 am left Phra Phuket Kaew Rd near the Tesco-Lotus intersection under about half a meter of water, resulting in a tailback all the way to Kathu. Other parts of the intersection remained passable."

See Photo below from the Phuket Gazette:

flooded road near Tesco Lotus on the edge of Phuket City

Wiwat Intarapanich, Chief of Weather Forecasting at the Meteorological Department office near the airport, told the Gazette that rainfall this wet season has exceeded those in 2005 and 2006.... So at least nobody will be complaining of water shortages this high season! I must take a look at Bang Wad Reservoir and see how full it is.

And we had it lucky! The east coast is worse, with flooding in Surat Thani, Chumphon and Koh Samui being reported in the Bangkok Post. The Post reports that "Beachfront roads at Chawang Beach and nearby commercial areas have been submerged under one metre of water".

The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold, wet day.

Too wet to go out
And too cold to play ball.
So we sat in the house.
We did nothing at all.

I read a bit of The Cat in The Hat to my daughter yesterday :)


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