PHUKET: A tsunami evacuation drill will be held at Kamala Beach next Wednesday (August 24).
The news was announced this morning (August 19) by the Phuket branch of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket).
The administration organization of Kamala Tambon (OrborTor) has not yet released details of the evacuation drill.
According to notices published by PR Phuket, the exercise will take place at Kamala Beach Park, starting at 1 p.m.
The announcement of the tsunami drill follows Udomporn Kan, head of the Phuket Provincial Office of the Department for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM-Phuket), inspecting the area last month.
The inspection preceded tsunami evacuation drills held individually by municipalities and local governments across the island on July 20.
Kamala was one of the specifically identified areas where the tsunami evacuation route was to be reviewed in 2018.
The current tsunami evacuation route in Kamala, which has been in place for over a decade, requires people fleeing the beach to first run parallel to the beach due to the wall around the Islamic cemetery in Kamala.
The cemetery has a wall almost two meters high and around 440 meters long along the seafront, preventing any form of escape for bathers caught between the wall and the sea.