Phuket Floods give rise to a Unique Boat-Taxi Service

In recent weeks, Phuket has been under siege by some pretty extreme weather. Storms have wreaked havoc across the island, causing many different types of debris to be swept up onto shores, from the Sea. Sailing restrictions were put in place and in recent days parts of the island have become flooded, leaving many locals stranded in their homes and other places. Some residents chose to wade through the waters but for others this wasn’t a viable option. Having no way to get to where they wanted to go, many people found themselves at a loss of what to do.

Residents in the Nai Yang area were hit the hardest. Luckily the Phuket Marine Police chose to step in to lend a hand. Since August 11 the Phuket Marine Police have been providing a free boat-taxi service for local residents, picking them up from their homes and delivering them to dry land. This has allowed residents in the area to continue with their day to day lives. The boats have been picking people up in the morning so that they can go to work and have been delivering them back in the evenings.

Last week, water levels in the area were around a meter above ground, causing the Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) to shut down power in the area in an effort to prevent accidents. The water levels have since dropped but weather warnings for heavy rains, flash floods and landslides are still in effect, so citizens are being urged to be careful.

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