Coastal resources chief demands answers over Pattaya Beach flood damage

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Jatuporn Buruspat (2nd right, pointing at sand), director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, tours Pattaya Beach to witness the damage caused by the city’s poor flood management.
Jatuporn Buruspat (2nd right, pointing at sand), director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, tours Pattaya Beach to witness the damage caused by the city’s poor flood management.

The director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources toured Pattaya Beach to witness the damage caused by the city’s poor flood management.

Jatuporn Buruspat was escorted to the hardest-hit area of the beach at the foot of Soi 6 by deputy mayors Pattana Boonsawad and Banlue Kullavanijaya as well as regional environment and marine officials.

Jatuporn demanded answers as to how Pattaya will prevent the massive damage caused by just two hours of rain from reoccurring.

Huge craters were carved out of the newly rebuilt beach as out-of-control flood runoff and backed-up sewers sent torrents of rain down sidestreets and across Beach Road into the sand that cost 600 million baht to bring in and widen Pattaya Beach.

Suggestions offered were returning to using ugly sandbags or lay rubber sheets over the sand to allow the water to return to the ocean without damaging the beach.

The Engineering Department was ordered to draw up plans and present them at an April 24 meeting. (PCPR)