Recently, at Patong Hospital’s meeting room, Puea Thai spokesman Mr.Prompong Nopparit together with Phuket Governor Mr.Tri Ackaradecha, Dr.Sak Tanchaikul & Dr.Mueanprea Boonlom from Patong Hospital and the head of the government held an emergency meeting to discuss the recent flood problems.
Dr.Mueanprea said “During the floods on August 21-22, the Hospital was able to use its power supply & medical gases, and treatments could be carried out as usual. However, getting food and clothing to the patients is not easy. As the building was surrounded by flood waters, food and clothing for the patients had to be transported from one building to another by small boats. Another problem is getting essential items that we need to the hospital. Sometimes we need to bring items from Phuket Town, but vehicles cannot get access.
The doctor added “At times like this, it is hard for our staff to find food and also some of their property gets damaged such as vehicles in the underground car park, and some of their property in the staff residence. However, we are pleased that a budget of 16.5 million baht has been allocated to build flood defences to prevent any further flooding at the hospital. They are currently under construction and the contract says they will be completed by January. Backup systems for electricity and water supply and an automatic pump system are also to be installed to remove floodwater.”
Mr.Tri said “Due to the influence of the southwest monsoon over the Andaman Sea Phuket received a lot of rain on the night of August 21 well into the morning of August 22, that together with an unusually high tide, meant that water could not drain away causing floods in mote that 13 areas. However, now the situation has returned to normal. The Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of Phuket have
coordinated with the local governments, in the affected areas, and Phuket Red Cross to help deliver relief food and other necessities to those affected.
He add that the earlier Phuket mobile cabinet meeting had already approved a 760 million baht budget to help solve the flood problems by either increasing street levels or building new dams in Phuket City Municipality, Rasada District, Patong Municipality and Kathu Municipality. The project is currently in the process of amendment and once the project is complete it is believed 80 to 90 percent of Phuket’s flood problems will be resolved.
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