Sea erosion wreaks havoc

Sea erosion has wreaked havoc in the coastal areas in Alappuzha district. The district administration opened at least 13 relief camps, including 12 in Ambalapuzha and 1 in Karthikappally taluks, on Monday night.

Officials said as many as 4,232 people of 985 families had been shifted to camps in Ambalapuzha. Another 286 people of 77 families were moved to relief centres in Karthikappally.

Heavy rain and high swell waves pounded areas in Arattupuzha, Ambalapuzha, Purakkad, Valanja Vazhi, Kakkazham and Thrikkunnapuzha causing damage to houses and infrastructure and flooding roads. A large number of houses in Ambalapuzha taluk were flooded after rough sea battered the region.

Local residents have launched protests in different places demanding immediate measures to construct sea walls.

Minister for Public Works G. Sudhakaran on Tuesday visited the areas hit by sea erosion in the district to take stock of the situation. He interacted with residents at relief camps in Purakkad and other places.

The Minister said several houses had been destroyed and an emergency aid of Rs. 25,000 would be provided to victims.

“The government will provide financial aid of Rs. 10 lakh to people whose houses were destroyed in sea erosion. Of this, Rs. 6 lakh will be allocated for buying land and rest of the money for constructing house. As the first instalment, Rs. 25,000 will be provided soon,” Mr. Sudhakaran said.

K.C. Venugopal, MP, has urged the State government to initiate immediate steps to protect coastal areas in the district.

In a letter written to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Mr. Venugopal said the situation in coastal areas was grave. “Several houses and crop have been damaged in sea erosion. The LDF government’s failure to initiate measures to protect the coastlines have worsened the situation,” Mr. Venugopal said.

Meanwhile, heavy rain that lashed the district for the last two days subsided by Tuesday afternoon.

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