Phuket International Airport

Heavy Rainfall Disrupts Flights and Causes Widespread Flooding in Phuket

Phuket, June 30—Heavy rainfall in Phuket has severely disrupted air travel and caused extensive flooding across the popular tourist island province. The downpour began at 7 a.m. today, forcing the diversion of approximately 10 inbound flights to alternative airports, including Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi, Krabi, Langkawi, Penang, and Surat Thani. The persistent rain significantly reduced visibility, making it impossible for pilots to safely land, according to Phuket Airport Director MR. Monchai Tanod.

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In addition to the diverted inbound flights, four outbound domestic flights were unable to depart as scheduled, as they awaited the arrival of passengers from the delayed incoming flights. The airport’s operations faced a standstill until visibility improved.

MR. Monchai Tanod confirmed that normal operations at Phuket Airport resumed at 10:04 a.m. once visibility conditions had sufficiently improved. He also noted that while the airport itself did not experience any flooding, the heavy rainfall had nonetheless disrupted airport activities and passenger schedules.

Phuket’s Disaster Mitigation Chief, Sophon Thongsai, reported significant flooding throughout the island, with particularly high water levels observed in Thalang district, located in the northern part of Phuket. The flooding has caused disruptions to local transportation and affected numerous communities.

The Bangkok Post reported that weather forecasts predict rains will cover 60% of Phuket today, with an expected decline by tomorrow, Monday. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and have advised residents and tourists to exercise caution and stay informed about weather updates.

Local businesses and tourist operators are bracing for the impact of the flooding, with many areas experiencing disruptions. Efforts are underway to mitigate the effects of the floodwaters and ensure the safety of both residents and visitors.

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As Phuket grapples with the immediate aftermath of the heavy rainfall, local authorities are working to restore normalcy and address the needs of affected communities. The situation serves as a reminder of the region’s vulnerability to extreme weather events and the importance of preparedness and timely response.

-Thailand News (TN)

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