Chalong area suffering blackouts as high voltage power poles fall causing traffic jams

Chalong, Phuket –

Residents in the Chalong sub-district, Mueang Phuket district have had blackouts for eight hours after five high-voltage power poles have fallen due to bad weather and road users are suffering from traffic jams.

The Chalong Electricity Authority announced the issues this morning (October 20th). Five high-voltage power poles have fallen on the side of the Chao Fa West Road southbound lane opposite the Baan Chalong School near the Chalong Temple since yesterday (October 19th).

Chalong Electricity Authority staffers are fixing the power poles in which electricity has been shut off from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. today. They apologize for the inconvenience.

Meanwhile, the Chalong Traffic Police has announced the temporary closure of parts of the Chao Fa West Road from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. today while repair work is being done.

The Phuket Express noted this is one of the main detour roads from Chalong – Kata – Karon – Patong.

Road users who want to go into Patong or leave Patong can use the detour way.

  • From Patong to Karon to Kata to Chalong to Wichit to Phuket Town or
  • From Patong to Kamala to Cherng Talay in Thalang

The Phuket Provincial Police announced the statement last night (October 19th). The announcement stated, “If it is not necessary, please avoid heading to Patong. During this time there are traffic delays because of many motorists on a variety of roads from Patong to Chalong and to Surin Beach on both detour routes.”

The Patong road will be ready to use after temporary repair work which will take seven days and work will be started after the current rain stops.


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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.