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  • Phuket dinghies join flood relief effort

    Phuket dinghies join flood relief effort

    PHUKET: Five rubber dinghies loaded with safety equipment left Phuket this morning for the flood-ravaged central plains, where they will assist in transporting goods and passengers until the situation there returns to normal. Four of the vessels are on loan from the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Region 5 office in Phuket, and are operated by that agency’s Conservation Center. The fifth boat is provided by the Chalong-based Cholamark Boat company, which has been manufacturing dinghies and marine safety equipment in Phuket for 20 years.

  • Mystery surrounds Aussie death plunge in Phuket

    Mystery surrounds Aussie death plunge in Phuket

    PHUKET: An Australian tourist on holiday in Phuket died over the weekend after falling off a hotel balcony in Patong. It is believed he was sleepwalking at the time. The story broke in the Thai press by Manager Online news site, which identified the deceased as 33-year-old Dean William McKeon.

  • Thailand Floods: A Phuket view of the damage in a nutshell

    Thailand Floods: A Phuket view of the damage in a nutshell

    PHUKET: Severe flooding has wreaked havoc and caused enormous damage across Thailand. Although Phuket is not among the 28 provinces currently on the radar of the national government’s new flood crisis ‚War Room‘, monsoon rains are an ongoing threat here, despite the hiatus so far today. The damage nationally: 30 provinces in all regions except the South (where Phuket lies) are inundated.

  • Phuket Opinion: Signs of progress against roadside pollution

    Phuket Opinion: Signs of progress against roadside pollution

    PHUKET: The Phuket Gazette fully supports the long-overdue effort by the Phuket Highways Office to remove billboards and other unsightly advertising signage from roadsides under its authority, and we would encourage the local Department of Rural Roads and other agencies with similar authority to follow suit as soon as possible. If there is another tropical island paradise with roadsides that have been so severely tarnished, we wouldnt want to visit it

  • Construction worker drowns in Phuket klong

    Construction worker drowns in Phuket klong

    PHUKET: A construction worker trying to catch fish drowned in a fast-moving klong in Phukets Thalang District this afternoon. Thalang Police duty officer Lt Pramarn Yuppayak identified the deceased as 51-year-old Sawai Suksabai, a resident of Sawankhalok district, Sukhothai province. Police were notified of the drowning by the victims friend, Soonthorn Nopsawan.

  • Phuket braced for landslides as more rain falls

    Phuket braced for landslides as more rain falls

    PHUKET: Phuket officials are urging more residents to evacuate as torrential rain continues to fall on exposed soil at a landslide risk zone along the bypass road northbound in Rassada. Rassada Mayor Suratin Lianudom, who has been at the scene all day, told the Phuket Gazette this afternoon that officials are closely monitoring several stretches of the road. This morning a small landslide near the „bypass waterfall“ opposite the Hino dealership caused concern

  • Special report: Phuket foreigners losing homes to con men

    Special report: Phuket foreigners losing homes to con men

    PHUKET: Phuket homeowners are a prime target for regional fraud gangs that leave their „marks“ heartbroken and penniless, with wives of wealthy foreigners often falling victim. Reports of people being cheated out of tens of millions of baht in such scams are rife on the island, but the victims are often too ashamed to come forward to warn others

  • Phuket crash uproots tree, two slightly injured

    Phuket crash uproots tree, two slightly injured

    PHUKET: Two people were injured in Phuket this afternoon when the driver of a pickup truck lost control on the bypass road, hit a tree on the median strip and collided with a sedan heading in the opposite direction. The accident occurred at about 2pm on the stretch of the bypass road in front of the Premium Outlet Mall in Koh Kaew.

  • Phuket Gazette: ‚War Room‘ intensifies fight against Thai floods

    Phuket Gazette: ‚War Room‘ intensifies fight against Thai floods

    PHUKET: Representatives of numerous government agencies started work this morning at the newly established ‚Flood-Relief Operations Command‘ in a concerted effort to help Thailand through one of the worst flooding crises in its recent history. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced the establishment of the command in a televised address last night. „This is now a national effort,“ she said.

  • Phuket officials helpless in bypass road landslide threat

    Phuket officials helpless in bypass road landslide threat

    PHUKET: Local officials have decided on a hands-off approach to the nearly 250,000 cubic meters of soil threatening to break loose, destroy buildings and spill across the heavily-trafficked bypass road, a major artery skirting Phuket Town Following a landslide on Wednesday morning and the … Full story