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Phuket officials target coastal erosion

PHUKET: Local municipalities and administrations around the island have been asked to survey their areas for coastal erosion after the heavy inundation at Sai Kaew Beach in Mai Khao last month flooded Thepkrasattri Rd heading off-island.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 4 August 2022, 10:16AM

The issue of coastal erosion was discussed at a meeting at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) office in Phuket Town yesterday (Aug 3), chaired by Phuket Vice Governor Amnuay Pinsuwan.

Present were officers from Sirinath National Park and the MNRE Region 10 office, along with local officials from Mai Khao Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor), the  Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (PPAO) and Thalang District Office.

Vice Governor Amnuay highlighted the importance of the issue, noting that he had been ordered by Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew to look into measures to prevent coastal erosion.

Of particular concern was the extent of heavy erosion at Sai Kaew Beach last month when storm conditions coinciding with a king tide resulted in the outbound road from Phuket along Thepkrasattri Rd (Route 402) being flooded.

“This affected traffic and posed a risk to the coastal and traffic surfaces in the area,” he said.

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In total, 8.26km of shoreline around Phuket was affected by coastal erosion in 2020, the meeting was told.

Only 160 metres had suffered severe erosion that year, but 5.79km of shoreline had suffered “moderate erosion” and a further 2.30km of shoreline had suffered “minor erosion”.

Local government organisations are to survey their areas and report the situation of coastal erosion to the Phuket office of the Office of Natural Resources and Environment in order to bring the MNRE information up to date, Vice Governor Amnuay said.

The Phuket Highways Office is to inspect road conditions, road surfaces and the areas immediately surrounding major roads, he added.

“The information will be used to review current plans and projects related to the prevention and solution of coastal erosion in Phuket in order to find a solution to solve the problem in the long term,” Vice Governor Amnuay said.

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Capricornball | 09 August 2022 - 09:54:29

@Kurt/JohnC, I have to go with JohnC on this one. Singapore does not have anywhere near the same coastal dynamic as Phuket, although I still think Sing would be more competent at finding an appropriate solution. The primary concern is that gov't officials in Thailand are mostly focused on how much of a budget that can stuff in their pockets and share with their cronies, erosion be damned.

Kurt | 08 August 2022 - 15:08:07

@JohnC. Land reclaiming and protection against erosion goes hand in hand as natural water currents get artificial changed. You, laying at Sentosa Island beach only see the dam in the water out there. It is not for nothing, and so are all, many,  invisible land reclaiming protection. There are strong currents! All very well engineered. That are facts.

JohnC | 08 August 2022 - 10:19:10

@kurt. Sprouting your mouth off again without facts. Singapore does not get much coastal erosion because it is not facing on to an open sea with waves or swells of any kind. The currents in the Singapore Strait can be strong but nothing that eats away coastlines. What they are very good at is reclaiming land. This in knowledge I gained while living and working there. Have you ever?

christysweet | 05 August 2022 - 12:53:16

Nothing is going to stop the impending sea level rise- better to spend funds on training a populace to  stop clogging up run off system  with garbage and relying on foreigners for income. 

Kurt | 05 August 2022 - 12:11:11

Are we not still waiting for 'advice' of Phuket Highway Office how and when they repair the bend of Patak rd on the hill between Chalong and Kata? Slow down, don't overload Phuket Highway Office with work. Stressed people don't deliver 100% good works. Be patient.  :-)

Kurt | 05 August 2022 - 10:54:36

This is to serious to give in hands of the local MNRE. The only thing they can 'think' of is that all this people around the table have not the knowledge of fixing it. There is a enormous potential and professional knowledge in this field in Singapore. Take advice/directives of a non-corrupt Singaporaen committee to learn how to handle this.

skorchio | 05 August 2022 - 07:24:14

I wonder who among the local administrtations are actually qualified to assess the process of coastal erosion. I am going to guess absolutely nobody. They may be capable of reporting what they THINK, but this highly specialised work. Better the Governor contact the universities in Bangkok and ask the opinion of the academics - they will at least be able to advise how to proceed.

Capricornball | 04 August 2022 - 23:17:22

I'm scared to think what some of these people ae going to come up with. It was only with great effort that they were able to kill the ridiculous seawall at Surin, which included the former orbortor trying to start excavating on the beach at night so nobody would see.  Frankly, with coastal processes, Thailand lacks the expertise, and really needs help from Europe, Oz or the US.

megamind | 04 August 2022 - 11:53:15

when you totally ignore what breakwaters are and building walls along the beach SOMNAMNA'


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