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Wild weather erodes beach north of Phuket

PHUKET: Officials have yet to decide what action to take to prevent further coastal erosion after recent heavy weather saw a large tract of sand eaten away by strong waves along Bang Niang Beach near Khao Lak, north of Phuket.

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By Shela Riva

Wednesday 31 May 2017, 11:07AM


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.

 

 

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Kurt | 31 May 2017 - 12:42:48

The sea gives, the sea takes.
Pathetic, to see these wooden stacks in the surf at the beach.
This kind of wood used to support new planted trees, wood that is rotten/eaten by termites after a few months.
How can one use that at beaches? They should have learned that already long time ago.
No learning curves?

Why thai authorities are not calling for foreign expertise in this field.
It saves...

Asterix | 31 May 2017 - 11:38:40

Please, send the bills to President Trump and China which are the biggest polluters in the world.

It is hopeless to build fences excepted to make embankments with huge dykes as they did in Holland but the coast will look ugly and no tourists will be coming.

After the tsunami in 2004, government agreed to have 300m buffer zone all along the Andaman Coast to plant trees, mangroves and parks to...

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