Floods in Surat Thani, ferry service to halt

Floods in Surat Thani, ferry service to halt

Commuters drive along a flooded road in Surat Thani's Muang district on Monday morning, after heavy rain.(Photo by Supapong Chaolan)
Commuters drive along a flooded road in Surat Thani's Muang district on Monday morning, after heavy rain.(Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

SURAT THANI -- Several districts of this southern province have been hit by flash floods following heavy rain, provincial disaster prevention and mitigation chief Chamnong Sawatwong said on Monday.

In Vibha Vadi district, a detour road to enable construction of a bridge at Moo 2 village of tambon Takuk Tai was damaged and impassable.

In Muang district, the city bypass between Bang Yai and Bang Kung intersections was under 30-60 centimetres of water and not passable to small vehicles.

On Monday morning, a section of the Surat Thani - Phun Phin Road in front of the Government Savings Bank and a part of the Surat Thani - Ban Nasan Road from Bang Yai School to Zone 8 Finance Office were 30-50cm under water, causing traffic congestion.

Mr Chamnong said a warning had been issued for people living in seaside districts of Tha Chana, Chaiya, Phun Phin, Muang,  Kanchanadit, Don Sak, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan to beware of strong winds, high waves and flash floods for the next few days.  Small boats were advised to stay ashore.

Ferry services between Don Sak and Koh Phangan will be temporarily suspended from Nov 7 to Dec 15 due to the southeast monsoon, the operator, Lom Phraya Company, announced.

This would affect the ferry departing from Koh Phangan daily at 9am and the ferry leaving Don Sak at 6pm.


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