Thai Prime Minister Orders Urgent Flood Solutions for Phuket, Especially in Kamala


Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin visited Kamala, a recently severely flooded area in Phuket, with orders to improve flood prevention measures in the area.

Our previous stories:

On June 30th, 2024, Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transport Suriya Juangroongruangkit announced that heavy rainfall on the night of June 29th, combined with flash floods from the mountains, caused severe flooding in many areas in Phuket.

In total 740 families in Phuket are suffering from flooding on Sunday (June 30th).

The Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR) has issued a warning regarding heavy rain and potential flash floods in Phuket.

Now for the update:

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin arrived in Thalang on Friday (July 5th) to follow up on an underpass construction project at the Heroine Monument.

Prime Minister Srettha recently visited Hua Khuan Village in Kamala, where residents have been grappling with severe flash floods caused by heavy rainfall from the nearby mountain area.

The Department of Mineral Resources has identified the root cause of recent landslides: The mountain contains a significant amount of granite rocks, estimated to be between 70 and 100 years old. Unfortunately, these rocks were unable to withstand the deluge of water, resulting in smaller rock fragments and sand being carried away by the flash flood. Some locals reported that this is the most severe landslide they’ve witnessed in the area in the past 60 years.

In response to the crisis, Prime Minister Srettha has ordered urgent flood solutions. Specifically, he plans to extend the existing “Flood Ways” or water drainages, which are currently too small and shallow to effectively handle the water flow.

Additionally, the government aims to find long-term solutions for high-risk landslide areas. Prime Minister Srettha emphasized the need for a “Warning Center” to be established. With timely warnings, residents can better prepare and minimize damages even when faced with rapidly rising water levels.

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 five 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.