ThailandThai resort launches frantic effort to save a world famous patch of sand.

Here today, gone tomorrow: Pattaya’s disappearing beach

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Pattaya beach is fast disappearing, leaving authorities with a major reclamation task. Photo Credit: spkphotostock/GettyImages
Officials in Pattaya are desperate to find a solution to beach erosion caused by recent heavy rains which washed away large areas of a newly-restored sand.

The situation has become so bad that scientists are warning that the beach that attracts thousands of international tourists may disappear altogether within five years.

“If we do nothing about it, the beach will disappear in the near future — you can see that (in) some areas the beach has already gone,” Thanawat Jarupongsakul, a marine and coastal erosion expert at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, told The Nation.

While more fresh sand has been added to restore the latest damage, officials are seeking a long-term solution.

Environment officers, working with the Harbour Department and City Hall have outlined a number of stop-gap measures that included the placing of large bags of sand on the sidewalk and on the beach to prevent further erosion, which has been caused by flood waters spilling out of drainage channels onto the beach.

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