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DMCR: Coastal erosion crisis ease

Coastal erosion problem in Thailand has substantially eased since last year with only 5 percent of the country's entire coastline or 145 kilometres long still sustaining erosion and awaiting to be rectified, said Jatuporn Buruspat, director-general Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR).

He disclosed on Friday (Feb 16) that for the past 50 years from 1952-2008, Thailand's coastline of 3,151 kilometres long were hard hit by erosion, with 800 kilometres or 25 percent of the entire coastline eroded.

However, he said the department had been trying to rectify the problem and the situation had steadily improved.

He added that the survey conducted last year showed that 559 kilometre of the eroded coastline had been restored, leaving just 145 kilometres or 5 percent of the shoreline yet to be rectified.

Five provinces with the worst coastal erosion problem are Songkhla with 12 km of eroded shoreline; Pattani (7.21 km); Nakhon Si Thammarat (4.46 km); Phetchaburi, (3.8 km); and Trat (1.98 km).

Coastal provinces which do not have coastal erosion problem are Bangkok, Samut Sakhon and Samut Prakan.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)