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Small Phuket vessels barred from sea travel ahead of strong monsoon weather, wave alert

PHUKET: The Phuket Marine Department (PMD) has mandated that all Phuket sea vessels measuring less than 10 metres long to stay ashore for the rest of the day (August 9) in anticipation of some more nasty monsoon weather expected in the Andaman Sea.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Sunday 9 August 2015, 03:20PM

The rubbish is 'a result of the bad weather', say officials.

The rubbish is 'a result of the bad weather', say officials.

The mandate came in the form of an official letter issued by PMD Chief Phuripat Theerakulpisut, and follows a weather advisory issued by the Meteorological Department that warned of heavy rain, winds and waves with heights of up to four meters today.

The mandate reads, in bold: “All boats less than 10 metres travelling to Koh Phi Phi, Koh Racha and [anywhere else] in the open sea are strictly forbidden to travel, with the exception of boats – travelling inside the Phang Nga Bay, to Koh Lone and other islands near Phuket – urged to proceed with caution”

Meanwhile, the ocean has regurgitated much rubbish back onto Phuket’s west coast; with reports of the entire length of Bangtao Beach being heavily cluttered with rubbish.

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The accumulation of waste – which includes driftwood, sticks, discarded fishing nets, polysytrene and other discarded consumer plastic and waste – is the result of recent strong monsoon winds and waves that brought the rubbish from the sea, officials said .

Mr Phuripat noted that the PMD expects the monsoon winds and resulting weather to be more extreme than previous years, as the intensity only seems to be increasing.

Usually the southerwesterly monsoon winds last until October.



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Richard Vickers | 10 August 2015 - 10:29:33

The accumulation of waste is NOT the result of recent strong monsoon winds and waves. It is a result of the constant disregard and disrespect for the environment that allows most Thais to think it is OK to throw their trash wherever and whenever they want. If you want to see the source of this trash, drive through any Thai community and look at all the trash dumped and strewn throughout the street...

tamvong | 09 August 2015 - 19:16:12

"The accumulation of the result of recent strong monsoon winds and waves that brought the rubbish from the sea, officials said". The driftwood, ok, but the rest is the result of the public's total disrespect of their environment and just dumping their trash wherever they want so it ends up in the ocean then being regurgitated during bad weather. Yet another serious issu...

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