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Flooding victims in north Phuket welcome Deputy PM

The Phuket Express

Flood victims in north Phuket welcomed deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan (and newly anointed prime ministerial candidate for the next election) as he visited the island briefly to monitor the flood situation. Prawit and his team spent time with flood victims at the Mueang Komaphat temple in the northern district of Thalang (which was flooded a month ago).

He also met with the province’s deputy governor, Anupaprodkwan Yodrabram, and laid out plans to tackle coastal erosion at Sai Kaew Beach, according to a Phuket Express report. Prawit also met with local officials to discuss flooding in the southern provinces, as well as a team from Phuket’s Provincial Waterworks Authority.

The PWA presented Prawit with a water development plan, including plans to use alternative water sources. The team also briefed the PM on 836 different water development projects that have been implemented in the last 4 years.

They include a community flood prevention system in the Mueang district of the island, as well as making the PWA’s water distribution system more efficient.

Phuket has a ‘feast or famine’ fight with water resources with the dams often almost empty at the end of the hot season each year (around April), then full or overflowing by the end of the wet season (November).

SOURCE: The Phuket Express

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