Several Thai provinces bordering the Gulf of Thailand were declared disaster zones last month after monsoon waves hit coastal areas. Waves were as high as 4 metres in some areas and caused substantial damage to the Gulf of Thailand coast, particularly in areas of Songkhla, Surat Thani, and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Many homes were damaged or lost to the sea, and sea transport between islands in the Gulf was severely disrupted.
In an effort to ensure best practice in the management of this problem in the long-term, His Majesty the King of Thailand has instructed related agencies to search for long-term solutions to erosion prevention. The Department of Marine Coastal Resources (DMCR) has responded through the provision of short-term aid to severely hit areas, and the formulation of a mid-term plan to solve problems in severely eroded areas by growing mangroves and coastal forests. DMCR also aims to develop a long-term strategic plan for coastal erosion management in the Gulf of Thailand.