11 July 2024

Downtown Phuket is flooded again tonight after heavy downpours that hit the popular resort island in southern Thailand.

Most businesses in the commercial centre of the city are closed. It’s the second time in three days that it has been inundated.

Most shops have sandbags stacked up in front of them to prevent overflowing of floodwater while roads are closed to traffic and workers use water pumps to drain out water.

Phuket Mayor Saroj Angkanapilas said incessant downpour causes concerns of more severe flooding.

The inundation followed warning by authorities for residents living along the Bang Yai Canal, in Nakhon Phuket and Ratsada sub-districts, to prepare for overflows, following three days of continuous heavy rain.

The Meteorological Department reported on Wednesday that rain clouds were looming over several districts of Phuket, Phang-nga, Krabi, Trang, Surat Thani and Phatthalung provinces.