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Three injured as Rawai beachfront footpath collapses

Three injured as Rawai beachfront footpath collapses

PHUKET: Rawai Municipality workers have sealed off a section of the sidewalk along the Rawai beachfront beside where restaurants have set up their own tables and chairs after three people were injured when a gaping hole opened where a section of the sidewalk collapsed.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Monday 3 August 2020, 04:16PM

The three people were injured when the concrete beneath them collapsed yesterday morning.

The three were taken to hospital by ambulance, Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos confirmed, without giving any details of the ages or nationalities of the people injured.

“The three people were not seriously injured,” he said.

One witness at the scene told The Phuket News that he ran to help after he saw one man had fallen into the hole with a restaurant table on landing on top of him.

“We have officers inspecting what to do with the hole now,” Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos told The Phuket News today.

Officials from Rawai Municipality’s Public Works division have yet to determine how to fix the hole to ensure that people are not in danger from further similar incidents.

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“The constant movement of the sea washed away the soil underneath the seafront wall,” Mayor Aroon explained.

“This left the seawall intact, but the soil behind the wall was washed away, leading to the concrete behind the wall collapsing,” he added.

Officers will inspect all along the seafront wall to ensure the footpath is safe, he said.

However, the tables and chairs along the beachfront footpath will remain, Mayor Aroon confirmed.

“The section along the sidewalk where the tables and chairs are placed are actually on private land. Only the strip beside the beachfront wall is a public area,” he explained.

“When you walk along the footpath, you can see that the concrete where the restaurants’ tables and chairs have been placed is different from the public walkway section,” he added.

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Kurt | 05 August 2020 - 09:27:14

Some years ago the same happened there.  They got a repair budget ( how much?), glued things a bit together, and that was it.  The whole seawall needs a drilled steel plating fence outside the wall to prevent sand flushed away. Otherwise next stormy days are causing more damage.

Kurt | 05 August 2020 - 07:41:19

The not usable shower columns are showing a shameless piece of budget corruption ( more than 10 years ago).

Kurt | 05 August 2020 - 07:21:50

@LALALA, you are right. Point is there are no officials with vision/ thoughts about inhabitants interests and well being. It is just 'budget finding' doings. Doesn't matter for what nonsense, as long money comes in.Example: Under trees at NaiHarn Beach are, more then 10 yrs, 2 shower columns, but never was water pipe lining done. There was at that time a budget received.

LALALA | 04 August 2020 - 11:49:16

Another sign of low maintenance and negligence from local authorities. This area, which could be converted in a nice promenade is a disgrace since years.

Shwe | 03 August 2020 - 17:32:37

Looks like very little social distancing


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