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Deja vu: Dirty, smelly, blackwater flows into the Andaman Sea, again

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Phuket’s Governor has given an urgent order to solve the problem of wastewater flowing into Bang Tao Beach yesterday after the issue went viral in social media.

If you suddenly having a sense of deja vu and are SURE you’ve read this before, that’s because the issue has been brought up hundreds of time in the past decades with nothing being done to address the shameful situation.

Here’s what usually happens…

  1. Social media posting or local complaint made about the black water flowing into Phuket’s west coast beaches along any of many canals flowing into the Andaman Sea
  2. Governor says he wants ‘immediate attention’ to the matter. Usually claims it’s the ‘first time’ he’s heard about the matter
  3. Local authorities and OrBorTor Presidents run for cover saying they are aware of the problem but don’t have enough budget to locate the origin or construct pay for sewerage infrastructure
  4. Photo opportunities and pointing of fingers
  5. Nothing happens

This has been the routine hundreds of times. Meanwhile this filthy black water continues to flow into the Andaman Sea. Completely preventable.

Yesterday’s posting shows a European tourist horrified that they might be swimming in water next to THIS flow of smelly, contaminated wastewater flow.

It’s happened at Krabi on Ao Nang, and Phuket at Surin Beach, Kamala Beach, Bang Tao and Karon.

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Here’s any number of links about the issue…

https://thethaiger.com/news/phuket/wastewater-still-following-into-mudong-canal-in-chalong-1

Waste water flowing in Mudong Canal

Wastewater from Bang Tao Canal flowing into sea

Wastewater runs freely into sea in Krabi

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30352809

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30363371

 

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Wildfires hit Mae Hong Son’s Pai district

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Several wildfires have broken out in Mae Hong Son’s Pai district in Northern Thailand. The governor says he believes that several blazes happening in the area are a result of the dry season arriving earlier than usual.

Using the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer system, the local forest fire control centre detected 155 so-called “heat points” in the Pai district from January 1 to 12. Last year’s dry season only 96 heat points were detected.

There are no reports of property damages, injuries, or deaths.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Dead whale found washed up on Koh Samui beach

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A dead Bryde’s whale was found washed up on Koh Samui’s Choeng Mon beach yesterday. By the look of the rotting carcass, said to be around 11 metres long, marine resource specialist Thon Thamrongnawasawat says he believes the whale died several days ago. The cause of death is currently under investigation by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thon said on Facebook.

“Currently, there are about 50 Bryde’s whales in the Gulf of Thailand. That means the situation of whales is still good and better than the dugongs. But I wish that there were no more 5 deaths per year from natural causes. If the death is over this limit, that will be worrying.”

The Bryde’s whales are spotted around the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand all year round, especially on the coastlines of Chonburi, Samut Prakan, Chachoengsao, Bang Khun Thian district of Bangkok, Samut Songkram and Petchaburi provinces.

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Bangkok officials launch “big cleaning” attack on air pollution | VIDEO

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If all else fails, spray water at it … That seems to be the motto of officials in Bangkok, who have resorted to spraying large plumes of water into the air, in an effort to rid the capital of the smog that has plagued it for months now. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang has launched the “Bangkok Big Cleaning Day”, in the company of Deputy Interior Minister Niphon Bunyamanee and Jirasan Kaewsaeng-akem from the Metropolitan Police.

The initiative is an attempt to clear the PM2.5 dust particles that have left the capital shrouded in smog. The haze problem was bad earlier this week but cleaned up a bit on Thursday and Friday. In addition to vast jets of water being sprayed into the air, Aswin says the city’s streets are getting a thorough cleaning, as are public facilities across the capital.

“The activity will be carried out in 50 districts of Bangkok. They are Din Daeng district, the Wong Wian Yai intersection in Thongburi district, Central Rama II in Bang Khun Thian district, Sanam Luang 2 in Thawi Watthana district, and in front of Nong Khaem district office.”

According to a Nation Thailand report, Niphon says the Interior Ministry has instructed contractors in Bangkok and surrounding areas to delay construction work during the months of January and February in order to reduce the annual air pollution around the city.

“We have also asked provinces around Bangkok to stop burning of garbage and leftover crops, which are one of the sources of PM2.5 that could be carried by wind to Bangkok areas.”

To see what’s really contributing to Bangkok’s air pollution woes, have a look at our video below…

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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