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23 May 2014 :: 08:05:17 am 87188

Hundreds practice Phuket storm surge disaster response

Ambulance sirens wailed across Phuket today (May 21) as their crews took part in an emergency exercise carried out in provinces along the Andaman Coast.
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The exercise was based on a scenario that involved a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal passing close and causing a storm surge along Thailand’s coastline.
Local people, schoolchildren, officials, communications experts, rescue workers and heavy machinery operators combined to practice protecting the lives and property of both residents and tourists, and saving victims of the surge.
 
The virtual practice started with all organizations being informed of the cyclone bringing high winds and deluges of rain. At 11:10 am sirens sounded, and students, locals, business operators and tourists in the high-risk area around villages 6, 7 and 8 in Tambon Wichit all ran from the danger area, heading for the designated evacuation centre at Baan Ao Nam Bor School, five kilometers away.
 
To add to the reality of the scenario, reports came in of to tour boats colliding in heavy waves, with two tourists washed overboard and in danger of drowning.The rescuers managed successfully to pull them all out of the water and take them to hospital.
 
Sun Jantharawong, Director of the Phuket Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, explained, “This practice is a province-level exercise involving also Krabi and Trang.
 
“Its aim is to heighten readiness in skills, to build experience in participants, and to reinforce the practices as part of our rescue system in order to preserve lives and property. It is also aimed at building confidence among residents of the island and tourists.”
 
Saree Panichakul, Phuket Deputy Governor (Palad) said “This was a fictional scenario, but our analysis [of weather patterns] tells us that it is quite possible it could happen to any Andaman Coast province.
 
“If it were to happen, it would be a major disaster, so all organisations need to cooperate and practice their actions to instil confidence in the people who live in Phuket by showing them the readiness of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department and local organisations and civil servants.
 
“It is also a way of helping civil servants to understand the role of the Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) in protecting against disaster and mitigating the consequences.
 
View the original story on The Phuket News

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