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High waves lash Thrissur coastline

The worst affected were the areas of Vayal Devi Temple, AK Peedika, and Pokkencherry.

Published: 04th September 2012 12:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th September 2012 12:42 PM   |  A+A-

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Panic gripped the coastal areas of Thrissur as high tidal waves lashed the coastline from Sunday midnight. As many as 55 houses and several roads in the coastal belt of Vadanappilly and Kodungallur areas were flooded after huge waves lashed the coast.
Around 200 families living in two coloniesclose to Vadnappilly beach are facing flash flood threat since huge waves were constantly battering the coast and their hamlets for the past 24 hours.

Chavakkad tahasildar Mohammed Rafeeq told ‘Express’ that the waves have flooded more than 55 houses in the area and damaged five houses completely. The coastline covering an area of about 100 m was flooded after huge waves advanced to the shore, he said.

A relief camp has been opened at Kadheejumma Memorial School at Pokkencherry in Vadanappilly. The residents of the coastal region said they were unable to sleep over the night, fearing from the advancing waves. The worst affected were the areas of Vayal Devi Temple, AK Peedika, and Pokkencherry. They said that the sea walls built at various places in the area are too low and weak to check the onslaught of the waves.

The Kodungallur tahasildar told ‘Express’ that that there was a rise in the seawater level from Sunday midnight. Huge waves that lashed the coastal areas in Arappathodu, Puthiyathodu and Kara have created panic among the people, forcing some of them to evacuate their homes, he said.

The change in the sea behaviour was visible on the Vadanappilly Beach, with tall waves advancing to the shore. Several coconut trees and Casuarina trees, a bioshield against rough seas on the coastline, too, were uprooted in many places. Fishermen who ventured out to sea said that this was first time in this monsoon season that the sea had turned so rough in a particular region.
In some areas, fishermen had abstained from fishing on Monday. They said that the sea had eroded a major part of the coastline, adversely affecting traditional fishing activity along the area.

Local residents have long been demanding better maintenance of the sea wall. However, the district administration dubbed that the situation is under control. Control rooms which were opened at the taluk headquarters, have been monitoring the situation.
There is no need to panic as of now and the district machinery had been placed on alert, informed district administration. A large number of people are also flocking to the beach to watch the phenomenon.

RDO K Muraleedharan, deputy tahasildars Anil and Premchand visited the affected areas.

Sea fury in Kollam

Kollam: The surging waves have been posing a threat to the coastal villages and fishermen along the Kollam coast. The waves gained strength along the Kakkathope, Kurishinmoodu, Gulfil Nagar, Thanni, Adhichamanthoppu, Lakshmipuram and Kochuthoppu coastal belt near Eravipuram here.

Giant waves that lashed the shoreline created panic among the coastal hamlets which are most vulnerable to erosion. The district administration has evacuated around 24 families from Tanni area as a precautionary measure.

C T Suresh Kumar, Fisheries Deputy Director, told Express that the families had been lodged in the relief shelter and would be moved to the houses constructed under the Tsunami Rehabilitation Project at Mayyanad, once they were completed. He said that the situation was alarming along the coastal areas in the district. District Collector P G Thomas, Irrigation and Fisheries Department officials and ward councillors visited the affected areas.

The Kadalora Jagratha Samithi convener Dallappan said that the surge of waves occurred along the coastal belt was a phenomenon that would not last for more than 24 hours.

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