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Storm surf battering erodes more Phuket beaches

PHUKET: Officials at Sirinath National Park will rope off sections of Nai Yang Beach that have been washed away by strong waves during the current onslaught of dangerous heavy weather.

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Yutthawat Lekmak

Tuesday 20 September 2016, 09:36AM

The battering began over a week ago, with large tracts of Nai Yang Beach washed away and trees along the shorefront felled. (See story here.)

Sarawut Seesakukam, President of the Mai Khao Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), explained to The Phuket News that his office was unable to take action on the drastic beach erosion as the section of Nai Yang Beach affected lies within Sirinath National Park.

“I sent my officials to inspect the damage, but that area belongs to Sirinath National Park. Whatever action is taken must be done with in accordance with their instructions. We can’t do it,” Mr Sarawut said.

Sirinath Park Chief Kitipas Tharapibal told The Phuket News yesterday (Sept 19), “We have known about the beach erosion for a while. For now, all we can do is seal off the dangerous areas, which I have ordered my officers to do (today, Sept 20).

“I have informed the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) about this already. The Phuket DMCR office is in the process of setting up a budget in order to provide a long-term solution to this,” he added.

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Meanwhile, lifeguards have reported heavy similar beach erosion at Bang Tao Beach.

“Bang Tao beach has suffered damage from the weather over the past few days,” The Phuket Lifeguard Club Chief Prathaiyuth Chuayuan told The Phuket News.

“Our lifeguards are keeping an eye on the situation. We have informed the Cherng Talay OrBorTor, but we have yet to see what action they will take,” he said.

The Phuket News was unsuccessful yesterday and this morning in contacting anyone at the Cherng Talay OrBorTor by phone.



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ematt | 20 September 2016 - 23:32:15

Relax - it's a natural process folks. The beaches are washed away by surf and storms during the Monsoon season, and the sands are re-deposited by the tides when the prevailing winds shift during the dry season.  Over the course of years, the shape of the coastline naturally moves and shifts. Trees fall in some areas, and the beach widens in others. 

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Kurt | 20 September 2016 - 14:47:46

Yes, Surprised Wolf, indeed. For water works and land reclaiming you call the dutch.
Masters in watermanagement, as Amsterdam International airport and 50% of The Netherlands is 4-7 meters below sea level.
World wide they reclaim land for other countries.

But no hope for Thailand, I guess.
Here they say: "We do it our way".
That "way' actually means: talking commitees, meetings, studies, money and papers shuffling around, but at the end?
No sufficient/professional work comes out of their hands. Pity.
Simple example, Bangkok is sinking very fast.
What is done or initiated to tackle that problem so far?

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Surprised Wolf | 20 September 2016 - 13:30:53

Here is your the answer to the problem:
1. Replenishment of sand by boat, pumping sand and spraying it on the coast
2. The sandmotor, an innovation from the Netherlands using the dynamics of nature to deposit back sand on the coast. See

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