Flooding affects flights in Phuket

A street in Phuket was flooded during a heavy downpour on Sunday morning. (Photo supplied)
A street in Phuket was flooded during a heavy downpour on Sunday morning. (Photo supplied)

Persistent rain blocked flights at Phuket airport from 7am Sunday and caused flooding throughout this tourist island province.

About 10 inbound flights were diverted to Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports as well as airports in Krabi, Langkawi, Penang and Surat Thani because pilots could not see the runway, Phuket's airport director  said.

Four outbound domestic flights could not take off from Phuket airport during the same period because they were waiting for passengers on the delayed incoming flights.

Flights resumed at Phuket airport at 10.04am Sunday due to improved visibility, the director said. He added that the airport itself was not flooded.

Flooding happened throughout Phuket and deep floodwater was reported in the northern part of the island, Thalang district.

Weather forecasters said rains would lessen on Monday.

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  • delayed: happening at a later time than expected - เกิดขึ้นช้ากว่าปกติ
  • divert: to cause something to change direction - เบนเส้นทางเดิน
  • forecaster: someone whose job is to make a statement about what is likely to happen, especially relating to the weather - นักพยากรณ์(อากาศ)
  • inbound: travelling towards a particular point, particularly into a city - ขาเข้า (opposite of outbound ขาออก)
  • outbound (adj): travelling towards a particular point, particularly away from a city, country, etc. - ขาออก (opposite of inbound ขาเข้า)
  • persistent: continuing - อย่างต่อเนื่อง
  • pilot: a person who operates the controls of an aircraft, especially as a job - นักบิน
  • resume: to begin again after stopping for a period of time - เริ่มอีกครั้ง, กลับมาอีกครั้ง
  • runway (noun): a long narrow strip of ground with a hard surface that an aircraft takes off from and lands on - ทางขึ้นลงของเครื่องบิน
  • visibility: how clearly objects can be seen, or how far you can see clearly, usually because of the weather conditions - ทัศนวิสัย

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