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Polluted water flowing into Kamala Beach again

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Deja Vu, again.

Polluted water is once more running into Kamala Beach and flowing into the popular coastal seas.

The Phuket News reporters spoke to a number of tourists on the beach on February 21, who simply shook their heads at the scene. While the tourists did enter the water at Kamala Beach, they were careful to stay away from the area where black waste water was flowing directly into the sea, giving off a foul smell.

One questioned why the local authorities didn’t do something to address the problem – a problem that has been raised numerous times over the past decade. This was echoed by one of the local beach operators, who reiterated that it’s been a long-term problem at Kamala Beach.

“It’s been a problem for a long time, but no agency has come forward to solve the problem with a long-term solution. Each year after receiving a complaint, officials came to inspect the water quality, then they disappear.”

Officials are always quick to defend the foul black water, usually making excuses ranging from ‘algae’ to ‘overflow from the rain’. It hasn’t rained for weeks in Phuket.

“This has been allowed for a long time. Wastewater in the canal gives off a bad smell. It’s annoying to tourists and damages the image of Kamala Beach, which is a famous beach in Phuket.”

Meanwhile, the Phuket News reports that the Kamala OrBorTor led an event at Kamala Beach last Thursday, to launch the GoZero Waste: Save Our Ocean initiative. However, there has been no comment from local officials on the polluted water currently affecting the beach.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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