Rains damage Sanya’s beaches, urgent repairs for Miss World’s Event
Up and down Sanya beach one cannot help but notice how a combination of a higher than normal surf and rain run-off have washed away the sand uncovering the roots of dozens of palm trees.
In several places one can see where up to a meter of sand has been displaced leaving the concrete bases of several beach cabanas visible. In some places sand bags have been used to prevent further erosion but with little to no effect.
It appears that much of the damage was due more to rainwater run off than high surf conditions. City officials admitted to drainage problems that were apparent throughout the city due to the heavy flooding that took place. One hopes that when a new drainage plan is developed that it will also help solve the beach erosion problem as well.
The Yalong beach area did not appear to have suffered as much as the other beaches but the effects of wind, rain, and surf were also apparent at this famous beach. High surf and cloudy skies have also hurt local businesses as well.
Speedboats, jet skis and other water sports have all been beached by the weather. Local officials have indicated that tourist traffic during the national holiday has been reduced by over forty percent.
Let’s hope that the city places a priority on improving conditions on Sanya’s world famous beaches in the near future. Sanya hosts the 60th Annual Miss World contest at the end of this month and it would be a pity that the beaches are not in top shape for all the world to see.
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