Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Strong waves, earthquake fears, crocodile concerns and more

Hello, Phuket Express Readers and Supporters!

The following is our weekly feature in which we highlight the top local stories in our area Phuket, from the past week. The number of stories differs from week to week.

These are chosen and curated by our editorial team and are designed for our readers to get a quick “catch-up” of important stories they may have missed. We publish many stories daily and it is easy to lose track of important events or changes in our area. We do national recaps in a separate article, this is only the top local stories in Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, July 4th, 2022, to Sunday, July 10th, 2022.

Let’s get started and see what the top local stories were!

  1. Strong waves washed up seawater onto a beach road north of Phuket causing traffic delays on July 3rd. Food stalls and vendors near the beach were mostly evacuated before the storm and waves but some have been damaged.

On July 3rd, the Phuket Governor inspected the Thep Kasattri Road (No 402) north bound near the Sai Kaew Beach in Mai Khao

The Phuket Governor Narong Wonnciew told the Phuket Express, “There were many roads near beaches in Phuket that have been affected by high tides and strong waves.”

A main road along a beach in Mai Khao in Phuket was temporarily closed due to high tide on July 4th. The next day July 5th, the road was back to normal traffic.

The Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation chief has confirmed that seawater rising at high tide this week causing flooded roads and storm damage were not related to earthquakes.

2. The Phuket Governor has ordered relevant officials to stay updated and keep a close eye on oceanic earthquake situations.

The Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew on July 6th has ordered relevant officials especially the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Phuket Office to closely keep an eye on the recent oceanic earthquake situation. Any important updates should be communicated to Phuket residents immediately.

Nineteen tsunami warning towers in Phuket are being tested every day from July 7th as normal and are only being tested on Wednesday with the national anthem.

Phuket officials are ensuring tourist safety before the long holidays next week as many people are worrying online about potential weather related disasters due to heavy rains and wind recently.

3. Strong wind, waves, and heavy rain will continue in Phuket and Andaman provinces from July 9th to July 14th, 2022.

4. The Phuket Fisheries Office has addressed concerns after tourists posted videos and posts online about allegedly hungry crocodiles at a farm in Phuket.

The Phuket Fisheries Office Chief Mr. Sittiphon Mueangsong told the Phuket Express, “Some tourists might think the place is abandoned but it is not and has passed all recent inspections and meets all regulations. The reptiles are happy and healthy and well cared for.”

5. The Kathu Municipality will hold their traditional festival ‘Naithu’ for the 12th time this month.

The event will be held on the traditional road in front of the Kathu Municipality from July 15th to July 17th, 2022 from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M..

That is all for this week, as always thanks for your support!

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.