Bhubaneswar: The massive erosion in Orissa coastline, mainly between Puri and Konark, has its links to the tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean in 2004, according to experts of Institute of Oceanography Management, Anna University, Chennai.

The new theory behind rapid sea erosion in the State came to light when a team of scientists from the institute met senior Orissa Government officials and discussed the issue with them here today.

Members of the team, headed by Institute director Prof P Ramesh, told reporters that both 2004 tsunami and unusual activation of the south-west monsoon, were responsible for rapid sea erosion in Orissa coast.

Due to the impact of the December 2004 tsunami, the seawaves along Orissa coast had become rough, Ramesh said.

Describing the stretch between Puri and Konark as the most vulnerable, he said the coast near Paradip was also facing similar threats from changing pattern of waves.

The team, which visited several areas to study the changing oceanic behaviour, observed that sea currents along the State’s coast had become rough and active following tectonic movements.

Recommending construction of walls along the coastline, the team members said a detailed report about their study would be submitted to the Union Environment Ministry for appropriate action. - PTI