Concrete barriers on either side of the eroded area protected beachfront businesses from the onslaught of strong waves, but a large stretch of sand in front of the Bang Niang Beachfront Restaurant suffered heavy erosion in the past week, confirmed Khuk Khak Mayor Sawat Tankang.
The area affected already had wood piles hammered into the sand and sandbags and rubble placed to dampen the beach erosion, Mayor Sawat explained to The Phuket News today (May 31).
“The beach constantly suffers erosion, but the weather over the past week caused the worst erosion so far this year,” he added.
“The concrete and wood and other damaged materials have to be removed first before repairs can begin. Currently we are in the process of clearing the area,” Mayor Sawat explained.
“Right now, we cannot estimate yet what the cost of repairs to the beach will be. We have to finish clearing the area first, and I must go to inspect the damage today,” he added.
Bang Niang Beach and Khao Lak Beaches encounter problems with strong winds and waves every year during the southwest monsoon, Mayor Sawat noted.