Red flags on Cha-am beach

Tiny red flags have been planted along the Cha-am beach to warn tourists of the danger of swimming in the sea due to rough sea and strong wind.

The Cha-am beach in Petchaburi province has become almost deserted since after New Year, with only a small number of foreign tourists strolling on the beach on Wednesday.

Rubbish, especially plastic bags, were seen scattering on the beach after being washed ashore by strong wind and high waves.

A survey of beach garbage between 2009-2015 shows that plastic bags account for the biggest amount of garbage on beaches throughout the country or 15 percent of the garbage, followed by plastic caps, 10 percent; plastic straw, 8 percent and paper, 7 percent.