“The boat capsized 200 metres away from the coast near Mannamkulam, which is a dangerous spot that claimed many lives in the past,” said Nelson Isaac, a local resident.
‘Saho Challenge’, a challenge initiated by the T’Puram corporation to support the pandemic-stricken fishermen who helped save lives during the floods is gaining momentum in the city.
The sea was turbulent. A few wooden planks and life jackets were all they had.
IBS Software, an software company headquartered in the city, donated 500 food kits to fishermen residing in the corporation.
All-Kerala Fishing Boat Operators Association alleged discrimination in allowing fishing during unfavourable weather conditions.
The lifting of the trawl ban coupled with favourable weather conditions may signal the promise of fresh fish to Kochiites.
They went missing on July 23, many have tried to reach them but their call is unreachable
According to him, several traditional fishermen often disregard the weather warning in order to eke out a living.
Meanwhile, the IMD and fisheries department have issued a warning against venturing into the sea for fishing in view of the rough weather.
With no money in hand due to ongoing lockdown, the fishermen appealed to Srikakulam District Collector J Nivas and Palasa MLA S Appala Raju.
The fishermen on way to Srikakulam and other Uttarandhra districts from Veraval fishing harbour have reportedly been facing various difficulties ever since they left Gujarat.
“The Gujarat Chief Minister has agreed to the proposal of the State government,’’ Fisheries Minister Mopidevi Venkataramana Rao said on Thursday.
According to sources, the Srikakulam fishermen purchased each boat at `1.3 lakh from their Chennai counterparts to reach their native villages.
The 27 fishermen travelled for five days from Chennai coast to Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district through the sea to avoid lockdown restrictions.
Transport issues and traders’ reluctance to procure fish in these trying times have adversely affected fishermen in the district.