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Sea erosion triggers panic in Kasaragod


Though there was a brief respite from the rain lashing northern Kerala on Tuesday, people living along the coastline of the district continue to live in fear and agony with unabated sea erosion battering several stretches of the coast.


In two separate incidents, two fishermen who ventured into the rough sea were reported dead in the last couple of days after their fibre boat capsized in heavy waves off the Bekal beach.


The sea continued to be rough along the beaches of Kasaba, Kavugoli, Bekal, Cherangai, Mogral, Valiyaparamba Koppal near Uduma, and Thrikkarippur on Tuesday, washing off roads and destroying plants and tress. The sea erosion has triggered panic among the residents, who are already reeling under the impact of the trawling ban now in force.


Reports reaching here said the house of Karthiayani, a resident of the Kasaba beach, was destroyed after sea waters gushed into it on Monday night. Around 35 houses on the Kavugoli beach are facing the wrath of the rough sea. A section of fishermen have sought official intervention to shift them to safer places.


Around 1.5 km of road connecting the Cherangai-Kavugoli beaches was washed away in sea water since Monday. Several coconut palms and other trees were uprooted.


The affected families seek construction of additional sea wall and reinforcement of existing ones in beach areas facing sea erosion. Quite a few of the sea walls got scattered under the impact of mighty waves on the Mogral beach recently.


P. Karunakaran, MP, visited the Lighthouse beach here on Tuesday to assess the gravity of the situation.


According to official sources, 51 persons sustained minor injuries in rain- related calamities and standing crops in 7.5 hectares of land got damaged in the district. Eight houses suffered partial damage since Monday.


District Collector P.S. Mohammed sager said two families from Kasaba beach had been shifted to the tsunami housing colony at Beerandabayal. Senior officials visited the affected area to assess the situation, the Collector added.


Source:The Hindu, 26 June 2013