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Phuket ancient town under meter-deep inundation following midnight storm

After a night of heavy rain, floodwaters measuring up to one meter in depth engulfed the ancient town of Phuket on Sunday. A monsoon downpour that began on Saturday evening was still battering the popular tourist destination in the early hours of Sunday, resulting in widespread flash flooding throughout a large area of the island. The old town’s historic Sino-Portuguese shop buildings, which attracted tourists from Thailand and other nations, were among the structures inundated.

Four crossings were affected by floods, including the Clock Tower roundabout, the Charter Bank Intersection, the Thep Kasattree-Thalang Intersection, and Klang Road. Approximately one meter of floodwater totally inundated the roads in the old town of Phuket. In the Krathu area, highways in the Patong Beach region were also flooded, and flash flooding blocked the main route from Krathu’s Tambon Kamala to the heart of Phuket.

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