Minister visits Valiathura, promises compensation

Eight more houses were destroyed on Sunday near Valiathura as the rough sea advanced further into land.

Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar visited the area and promised compensation.

Around 250 families have been evacuated so far to the two camps set up at Government Upper Primary School, Valiathura, and the Fisheries Residential School.

Fisherfolk living along the coastline say they have not seen the sea grow this turbulent just as the monsoon sets in June.

A long-standing demand of the residents here has been land or permanent accommodation farther inland.

Housing proposal

Mr. Sivakumar said he would look into a proposal under which two acres of government land near the sewage farm could be converted into a colony for fisherfolk. He directed the District Collector to prepare estimates of the houses most damaged and the fishing boats and nets destroyed.

Free ration

He said he would coordinate with the Civil Supplies Department to provide free ration for the next few weeks.

A medical camp was held.

The Minister was accompanied by the Additional District Magistrate, Revenue Divisional Officer, Corporation councillors Tony Oliver, J. Patricia, and Shajida Nazar.