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Rough sea causes havoc in coastal areas

Published: 13th July 2012 01:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2012 01:02 PM   |  A+A-

The rough sea has been causing havoc along the coastline of the district.

The furious waves have uprooted more than 100 fully grown coconut trees and Casuarina trees, a bio-shield against the rough seas, along the coastline in the past one week.

Around 25 families who are living close to the shore on the Munakkal beach of Azhikode said that huge waves are constantly battering the coast and their hamlets. “The authorities have not visited the area yet,” Muhammed, a resident of the area, said.

“The rough sea has also been posing a threat to our fishing materials kept on the sea shore with high waves lashing the tree groves, which serve as a sheltering place for fishing vessels and nets,” he said.

Fishermen also said that the sea had eroded a major portion of the coastline, adversely affecting traditional fishing activity along the area. In some areas, the fishermen had abstained from fishing as the sea remains unusually rough.

Around 25 houses in the coastal belt of Perumbadappu region were flooded. “In many areas here, the sea water entered several houses after huge waves damaged sea walls,” said Laila Beevi of Kadappuram.

They said that the sea walls erected at various places in the area are not big enough to check the onslaught of the waves. Local people in the area have long been demanding better maintenance of the sea wall.

The continuing wave activity has resulted in the sea wall along the Vadanappilly,Thalikulam Perumbadappu, Chavakkad, Periyambalam, Pokkancherry and Kadappuram coast sinking by over two feet. The waves are now coming over the sea wallthreatening several houses and the people living there have moved to safer areas as a precaution.

“Control rooms opened at the taluk headquarters and collectorate, have been monitoring the situation,” informed district administration.



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