Strong winds and waves combined with high tides have led to severe coastal erosion on a section of Cha-Am’s main beach on Tuesday (12th January).
Just south of the central viewpoint, a section of the beach around two hundred metres long has seen the beach washed away with trees, some of which were over ten years old, toppling after erosion to their base and roots.
Local beach vendors had made attempts to sand bag the area as the conditions deteriorated earlier in the day, however they were unable to save the trees.
Nugool Pornsomboonsiri, the Cha-Am Mayor, has led municipal staff to inspect the damage, removing the fallen trees and shoring up others at risk. No other property damage or injuries has been reported.
Work is continuing on the construction of a sea wall further south of the affected area which has no visible damage and appears to have withstood the recent conditions. The project has a provincial government budget of 103 million baht for over 1.5 kilometres of beach including a paved walkway with a mooted completion date of October 2021.
The Cha-Am municipality is now reviewing the need for a further budget allocation to establish a sea wall along other sections of the beach to safeguard against future damage of this nature.
Waves of up to three metres high have been reported along parts of the royal coast during these unusually severe conditions, with warnings issued about the dangers of beach activities.