Phuket’s biggest stories from the last week: Severe floods, Intoxicated police officer arrested with gun, 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 of 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 the Phuket province.

They are in no particular order of importance but roughly in order of publishing. These are from Monday, October 10th, 2022, to Sunday, October 16th, 2022.

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

  1. Heavy rain across Phuket all night and until this morning caused flooding in many areas.

Many areas suffered from the floods in the morning which paralyzed many main roads. The rain has continued throughout the day.

Heavy rain for many hours has caused landslides in Kamala, Patong, and Kathu which also brought down power poles.

The landslides were found on the Kathu – Na Koh Road in Kathu, at the entrance of the Giant Hill (Khao Yak) in Kamala, and on Patong hill. Traffic was blocked by soil and large rocks which came down from nearby hills.

2. The Special Service Division Police were called after a policeman who was not on duty was seen carrying a gun and walking around at a private housing estate in Thalang which took nine hours to clear.

He was found with a handgun loaded with seven bullets and an additional 8 bullets in his pockets.

A policeman who was not on duty that was seen carrying a gun and walking around at a private housing estate in Thalang tested positive for drugs.

This incident comes as Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has ordered a nationwide crackdown on illegal drugs and illegal guns following a tragic mass shooting in Nong Bua Lamphu this month.

3. A video clip of a taxi driver arguing with other road users has gone viral in social media.

The taxi driver lowered his car window before shouting expletives and rude words to other drivers who did not move out of his way.

A taxi driver in a viral road rage video has admitted that he took some methamphetamine pills before an argument with road users.

The taxi driver is facing charges with using Category 1 Drugs and using them while driving.

The driving license of a taxi driver who has admitted that he took some methamphetamine pills before an argument with road users caught on viral video has been revoked.

His driving license for driving taxis has been revoked. He is unable to drive any taxi for three years before the possible renewal of his taxi driving license.

4. Phuket plans to temporarily move the Heroine Monument following road and area renovation projects.

The province plans to move the monument to the Thalang National Museum while the Heroine ancestors and locals want to move the monument to the Phra Nang Sang Temple. However, the finally decision will be concluded in the near future.

The Department of Highways plans to build an underpass and tramways at the pier intersection in the Thalang district of Phuket.

The construction costs are anticipated to be 2.36 billion baht. The underpass will have three lanes and go underneath the Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Si Sunthon’s monument to ease traffic around the Pier intersection.

5. Phuket is expecting to generate at least two billion baht over this long four-day holiday weekend.

The Phuket Tourism Authority Office said., “About 152,691 visitors are in Phuket during these long holidays.”

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

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Goongnang Suksawat
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 four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some 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.