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Beach access closed as high waves pound Phuket

Photo: Beach, Patong, Phuket, Thailand
PHUKET, May 19 (TNA) – Provincial authorities are guarding beaches in this Thai tourist haven, banning swimming and access to the beaches due to dangerously strong winds and high tide.

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation chief Aroon Kerdsom said that this week's unusually high tide peaks Saturday at Phuket Island, considered one of the world's best-known beach resorts.

Life has slowed to a standstill with the rising tide affecting beachfront shops, homes, and seaside restaurants.

Activity on the waterfront focuses on officials helping local residents to move their belongings to higher ground, he said.

Beach guards maintain their watch over tourist beaches as swimming is banned as would-be holiday-makers instead gaze raptly at waves which are three- to four-metres high.
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