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Pattaya beach could erode away within five years, academic warns

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Pattaya beach from view point

Pattaya beach from view point. Photo: Sergey S. Dukachev.

World-famous Pattaya Beach is in danger of disappearing due to the erosion there, an academic warned yesterday.

“If we don’t do something, Pattaya Beach will likely vanish within five years,” said Prof Thanawat Jarupongsakul, a lecturer at Chulalongkorn University.

The latest survey found Pattaya’s shore was only four or five metres deep, compared to 35.6m in 1952 and 18.7m in 2002, he told a meeting on the master plan for the development of Pattaya Beach.

The plan recommends drawing back sand that has been swept away. Up to 200,000 cubic metres would be needed.

“The refilling process will take about one year,” he said.

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