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Phuket Flooding Disrupts Flights, Residents Begin Cleanup

On Sunday, torrential rains caused significant flooding in Phuket, disrupting airline flight schedules and leading to evacuations. By Monday, floodwaters had mostly receded across the island, allowing residents to begin the cleanup process.

Sophon Thongsai, the disaster mitigation chief of Phuket, reported that while most areas had dried out, some floodwater remained in Moo 4 and Moo 6 villages of tambon Thepkasattri in Thalang district. However, evacuees from these areas started to return to their homes.

During the peak of the flooding on Sunday, approximately 100 people sought refuge at Wat Thepkasattri School, with another 20 staying at Banpakrongcheep School, both located in tambon Thepkasattri.

Phuket Governor Sophon Suwannarat stated that assistance was being provided to 740 households in the affected communities of Kathu and Thalang districts. He noted that Bantarua School in Thalang district was closed on Monday to facilitate the ongoing cleanup efforts. Fortunately, there were no reports of damage in Muang district.

The governor also mentioned that the island received 310 millimeters of rain on Sunday, which led to the disruption of numerous flights at Phuket airport.

Local officials and property owners are now focused on clearing the mud and debris left behind by the flooding. Sophon Thongsai emphasized the collaborative effort in restoring normalcy to the affected areas.

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