The beach in Pangkor is threatened with severe erosion

LUMUT: The Coral coastal area and Teluk Nipah beach, Pangkor Island here are shrinking due to erosion of about two to three meters a year due to large waves.

The situation was discovered through a study conducted by the Petronas University of Technology (UTP).

Head of the Project to Create a Sustainable Coastal Environment Teluk Nipah UTP, Dr. Teh Hee Min said, in that regard, erosion control measures on the beach need to be done immediately.

He said, the study found coastal erosion in both places as a result of the big waves thus causing the infrastructure, especially the beach stalls there to collapse.

He said that coastal erosion of Teluk Nipah has been happening since 1990, but the effect was not significant at that time but now the coastline has reached the building of business stalls.

“During the construction of stalls in the past, maybe the construction complied with the set distance but due to climate change, the coastline is getting closer to the land.

“The situation also caused it to get closer to the nearest development,” he said here yesterday.

Hee Min said, the objective of the Project to Create a Sustainable Coastal Environment of Teluk Nipah implemented by UTP is for the restoration of the coastal environment, partnership with stakeholders and education through awareness programs.

“This long-term project will ensure that the serious problem of coastal erosion in the area involved can be overcome because it is a priority for the government to ensure that settlement areas, tourism, aquaculture, agriculture and coastal forest areas continue to be preserved,” he said.

Meanwhile, the District Engineer of the Manjung District Irrigation and Drainage Department (JPS), Ir. Mohd. Shamimi Mohd. Tahir said, there are four areas under category one where the coastline is in a state of erosion and where coastal facilities or infrastructure are in danger of collapse or direct damage.

Among them are Teluk Nipah, Teluk Dalam, Teluk Gedung and Tanjung Kelawai which houses about 300 fishermen’s houses.

“One of the proactive steps in keeping the coastline from eroding is to build 50 meters of ‘rock revetment’.

“A development that is used as a bazaar for hawkers is also being actively carried out to accommodate those who do business around the shoulder of the road to a safer place,” he said. – MESSENGER

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