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Pattaya’s Rebuilt Beach Ravaged By 2 Hours Of Rain

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Beach Ravaged By 2 Hours Of Rain

Pattaya Beach has been beautifully rebuilt, but the city’s failure to solve its perennial flooding problem is flushing all the good work and money out to sea.

The restored shoreline – widened to 35 meters and raised almost two meters in a 600-billion-baht project spanning seven years – was ravaged by Tuesday’s storm, the first big one of 2019. It rained for only two hours, but the storm runoff rushing west from as far as the Nongprue railroad tracks, gouged out tracts of sand wide enough for an SUV to drive through.

All the sand that had been carefully dredged and placed there was washed out to sea.

Street flooding will continue to wreak havoc with the beach as rainy season sets in after this month. Pattaya’s administrators, in all their wisdom, worsened the problem last year by demolishing parts of sidewalks to let water stream from Beach Road through the sand.

While those holes were closed, a stinking mix of water and sewage continues to spill over Beach Road and onto the sand. Pattaya workers were out Tuesday and Wednesday, driving heavy machinery into the sea to recover sand and fill in the craters at Soi 2, Soi 6 and South Pattaya.

Pattaya’s originally built a sewer system able to handle a maximum 80,000 cubic meters of water and waste simultaneously, per day. At those levels, sewage constituted only about 30 percent of the total volume, meaning storm runoff could dilute it sufficiently before it reached the sea.

But with the city’s population explosion as much as 120,000 cu. meters of liquid is being flushed into Pattaya’s pipes with half of that being raw sewage. While some can be cleaned at two sewage-treatment plants, large quantities of untreated wastewater ends up blackening the beach and sea.

Such was the case Tuesday, with Pattaya Bay turning black and deep trenches running through the new sand.
Enjoy what’s left of the beach now. Based on Pattaya City Hall’s track record, it won’t last long.

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Curfew Cut, Opening Hours Extended, Happy Endings Return In Phase 3 Easing Measures

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Phase 3 Restrictions And Reopening Info

The easing of measures and restrictions put in place by the government under the emergency decree to contain the spread of COVID-19 are slowly being lifted with the curfew cut, opening hours extended and happy endings making a return from June 1.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration today announced a list of changes that will come into effect from Monday 1st June following their publication in the Royal Gazette within the next 24 hours.

    – The curfew will be cut by an hour from Monday and will run from 11pm until 3am.
    – Opening hours for malls have been extended by one hour and can operate until 9pm.
    – Cinemas can reopen with safe distancing (couples can sit together)
    – Massage parlours can open with a 2-hour time limit.
    – Gyms can reopen.
    – Hair salons can now offer further services including colouring with a maximum 2-hour treatment.
    – Sporting venues including football and boxing can open
    – Bowling Alleys, skating rinks and other amusement facilities and parks such as zoos have also been given the go-ahead.

Inter-provincial travel is not restricted, however, unless it is essential it is not recommended as rules vary from province to province. A comprehensive list of rules and restriction by province is here.

There is no news on phase 4 and no decisions have been made regarding the emergency decree ending, the curfew being axed, bars reopening, or inbound passenger flights resuming.

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The Grand Palace Reopening To Visitors From June 4

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The Grand Palace Reopening To Visitors From June 4

It has been announced that the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok will reopen to visitors from Thursday, 4 June 2020.

The update was posted on the Royal Office website on Monday.

The reopening will be under strict health and safety measures to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Visitors to the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, must follow the health and safety recommendations by maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask, and frequently washing their hands.

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Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

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Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

Villagers in Phetchabun have taken to the internet to complain about cables on their property, laid across roads, blocking entrances and being a danger to everyone living there.

The Provincial Electrical Authority subcontracted the cable installation to a private company who started work laying around 500 meters of cable last November.

Despite repeated complaints by the residents of Pong Kham Fak village to the power company, nothing has been done for six months forcing them to turn to Facebook in a bid to catch the attention of someone with the power to put things right.

The village headman said he was concerned about the cables and was worried a resident would be hurt if something wasn’t done about them.

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

Villagers Complain About Cable Chaos

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