Study to rec­tify beach ero­sion

> Pe­nang DID seeks funds for mit­i­ga­tion works


GE­ORGE TOWN: A study is be­ing car­ried out by the Pe­nang Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment (DID) to iden­tify beaches which are fac­ing ero­sion, and to take mea­sures to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion.

State DID di­rec­tor Sabri Ab­dul Mu­lok said the study will be sub­mit­ted to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to seek funds for ero­sion mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures.

Sabri said his depart­ment was aware of the sit­u­a­tion at the Kuala Muda beach where lo­cals had voiced their wor­ries about the “dis­ap­pear­ing” beach there.

“Some of the im­me­di­ate mea­sures we can take are to build rock bunds or carry out beach nour­ish­ment.”

Beach nour­ish­ment is the process of dump­ing or pump­ing sand from else­where onto an erod­ing shore­line to cre­ate a new beach or to widen the ex­ist­ing beach.

“We are wait­ing for the bud­get,” he said at a press con­fer­ence when asked about the is­sue which was re­ported by theSun yes­ter­day.

Checks by theSun had shown that the shore­line at Kuala Muda is dis­ap­pear­ing, af­fect­ing the pop­u­lar pic­nic sites.

Fish­er­men there have at­trib­uted the ero­sion to strong cur­rents dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod of the mon­soon sea­son in late July, and have urged authorities to in­ter­vene to pre­vent fur­ther ero­sion.

Pe­nang Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Flood Mit­i­ga­tion and Trans­port Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Chow Kon Yeow, mean­while, said the phe­nom­e­non could be sea­sonal. He cited a pop­u­lar beach in Batu Fer­ringhi as an ex­am­ple where the beach­line some­times stretched un­til the front of a high-end ho­tel there.

“Some­times the beach is fur­ther out,” he added.

Vis­i­tors check­ing out the Kuala Muda beach which is fast dis­ap­pear­ing.

Dan­ish is in good spirits de­spite his con­di­tion.

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