Advancing sea damages one house
Sea erosion intensified and fierce Arabian Sea waves uprooted many trees and damaged a house between Someshwar-Uchila and Ullal on Tuesday. More houses face the threat from erosion.
The third portion of the house of Aliabba U.M. of Hilariyanagar in Mukkacheri on the Ullal beach came down crumbling Tuesday afternoon as sea became rougher and high waves kept lashing the property. His son Faizal, who works for a caterer, said this was the first time that he had seen such fierce sea. The house was built about 12 years ago. He said the seawall near his house was very weak to protect his house.
He said two portions of the house — a hall and a room — collapsed on Monday unable to bear the continuous onslaught of waves. On Tuesday fierce sea claimed the sit-out. Moreover, his mother Aisamma, was ill and had to be taken to a hospital. She was not able to speak. He said she was too shocked by the partial collapse of house.
The foundation of the neighbouring house of his sister Rihanna is also weakened and if the attack of sea waves continued that house would also collapse, Mr. Faizal said. The salty water entered many houses in the area and people had to battle it out several times during the last couple of day.
At Uchil, about 3 km away, advancing sea blanketed coconut orchards in the past three days and posed danger to many houses, according to residents of the area. Veekshit Uchil, who works in a ship, said the sea had advanced up to his dog house and efforts were being made to protect it. At least five coconut trees fell in the backyard of his house in the past five days.
Along the Uchila coast, about 100 coconut trees were lost. Tuesday evening, a government official visited the area and supervised the building of sandbag wall to protect a house.