Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: 10, 904 families comprising more than 52,000 persons are living in disaster-prone areas along the 37-kilometre-long coastline of the district, a survey has found.

57 per cent of them live just 50 metres away from the edge of the sea.

The survey, a joint programme of Carithas India and the Quilon Social Service Society (QSSS), was formally released by District Collector A. Shahjahan at a function here on Monday.

The survey was described by Mr. Shajahan as one that contained useful data that can be used by the government for evolving coastal projects.

Few escape routes

It pointed out that the most disaster-prone areas were those stretches of land sandwiched between the sea and inland water bodies. Alapad and Thanni are such areas.

These areas hardly have escape routes like bridges. The survey stated that mining of mineral sand from Chavara to Azheekal should be done only in a scientific manner. Otherwise, these areas would become more vulnerable to the sea. The survey said there should not be any compromise on maintaining the stability of the shoreline. Construction of sea walls was often done unscientifically, it said.

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