Water. There’s no avoiding it in Thailand. Whether it be from Songkran, the water festival celebrated during the Thai new year, or the monsoon rains that have been surprisingly tardy in different parts of the country this season, there’s always water. Even during the dry season there’s always moisture in the air and sweat on our backs. Water, water everywhere but nothing around to drink. It’s funny to think that in recent weeks there have been talks of water restrictions across the nation.
It looks like Phuket won’t be having any problems with a lack of water anytime soon though; in fact the island will be having troubles from the opposite end of the spectrum. Reports have stated that heavy rainfall is expected to fall across Phuket and the neighboring Andaman provinces throughout the whole of this week, right up until Saturday. Residents and motorists have been told to expect flooding and have been urged to exercise caution when travelling.
Already there have been reports of traffic jams due to flooding around Chalong Circle, Kata and Nai Harn. Thepkasattri road is also another area to look out for, with heavy rains causing problems there as well. A power pole in the area came crashing down recently due to the surrounding earth being dampened by the rains.
Low-lying areas such as Chalong and Rawai are expected to go under water and those who wish to go out to sea on boats have been told to do so only if necessary. Travelers needing to leave the island by air have also been advised to allow plenty of time for delays when traveling to Phuket International Airport.
On the plus side, Phuket’s parched reservoirs have been benefiting from the rainfall so it goes to show that every raincloud has a silver lining.