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Several relief camps opened in Kodungalloor taluk

FURY OF THE WAVES: Tidal waves lashing the Chavakkad beach in Thrissur district. — Photo: By Special Arrangement
FURY OF THE WAVES: Tidal waves lashing the Chavakkad beach in Thrissur district. — Photo: By Special Arrangement

More than hundred houses were damaged, eight of them totally, and several trees uprooted as tidal waves wreaked havoc in the district's coastal belt in the past one month.

Edavilangu and Edathiruthy in Kodungalloor taluk and Kadappuram panchayat in Chavakkad taluk were the worst hit.

About 90 people have been shifted to relief camps in Kodungalloor, said Tahsildar K.K. Indira. Three relief camps have been opened in the taluk.

“Sea walls have been damaged in many places. Most of the houses were damaged as waves swept across the beaches. Flooding poses threat to public health. The stagnated canals aggravate the situation,” she said.

Two deaths

A 27-year-old man and a three-year-old died in monsoon fury in Kodungalloor taluk.

Attempts to form a green wall with casuarinas did not yield results as the lashing tidal waves uprooted most of them, the Tahsildar said.

A 7 km stretch from Thottappu to Azhimukham at Chavakkad is facing the threat of sea erosion. About 10 houses were partially damaged. Sand and water washed into a few houses. Many coconut trees were uprooted.

Scientists say a groyne (pulimuttu) is the permanent solution to sea erosion.

A groyne, a rigid structure built from the seashore perpendicular to the beach, interrupts water flow and checks sea erosion.

Fourteen-year-old Sreeja, daughter of Meppurathu Thilakan, drowned in a canal at Puthenchira village in Mukundapuram taluk on Wednesday, according to the district administration.

A house was damaged in rain in the taluk.

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