Fears for Future of Ngapali Beach as Authorities Permit Sand Excavation; Myanmar

Fears for Future of Ngapali Beach as Authorities Permit Sand Excavation; Myanmar

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Ngapali Beach sand mining, Myanmar. Photo courtesy of: © Oliver E Soe Thet.
Ngapali Beach is a beach located 7 kilometres (4 mi) from the town of Thandwe (Sandoway), in Rakhine State, Myanmar. It is the most famous beach in Myanmar and is a popular tourist destination. Ngpali Beach is the most beautiful beach of Southeast Asia. The beach stretches for 3 km (2 mi) and overlooks the Indian Ocean. Captions: Wikipedia.

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Hoteliers at Ngapali in southern Rakhine State have warned that beaches in the area could be irrevocably damaged unless the authorities stop allowing sand to be taken for construction projects.

Local authorities have formally allowed construction firms to take sand from three beaches in the area, in apparent violation of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism’s Directives for Coastal Beach Areas.

Photos provided to The Myanmar Times in recent weeks, including on March 11, show privately owned trucks taking sand from several beaches at Ngapali. Hoteliers in the area said sand is being taken both day and night…

Read Full Article, Myanmar Times News

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