Officials said recent Patong City flooding has been caused by flash floods from nearby mountains and unexpected obstacles from an under-construction flood solving project.
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The director-general of the Public Works and Town and Country Planning Department Mr. Pongrat Piromrat inspected the Patong area yesterday (November 22nd).
Mr. Pongrat told the Phuket Express. “After the inspection we found that the previous flooding that has happened many times in Patong has been caused from flash floods from the Kuan Wah hill and the Mai Tao Sipsong nearby the Patong area.”
“Floods flowed down onto the Phra Metta Road. Water drains were clogged with sand, soil, and other obstacles as well as unfinished pipe construction. The Pak Bang Canal Water Pump Station in Patong is responsible to solve flood problems in Patong but is currently under construction and not operational. This is also one of the factors that has caused floods in Patong even when it rains for a short period,” Mr. Pongrat explained.
“We have ordered a contractor to temporarily solve the problem with the pump station first. However, the overall construction of the flood project is being rushed to complete it before the rainy season next year,” added.