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OBJECT OF WONDER: The floating house, which drifted to Rameswaram from Myanmar.
OBJECT OF WONDER: The floating house, which drifted to Rameswaram from Myanmar.

Staff Reporter

RAMANATHAPURAM: It is one of the most interesting floating materials that have drifted ashore here so far. Fishermen and some tourists are making a beeline for a floating wooden house that was washed ashore at Vadakadu.

The curiosity of the people has doubled following the information that it might have travelled thousands of nautical miles from Myanmar.

The floating house, which ran aground in the rocky area of the sea, was first sighted on Saturday by a fisherman.

From a distance, it looks like a real house. The square house is 15 feet wide and 12 feet high. Keeping it afloat are four drums. While two of its sides are covered with wooden boards, the other two are fitted with bamboo sticks that facilitate free flow of air.

The roof is made of rexine.

Police and intelligence agencies visited the house to ascertain whether it had any objectionable item.

Initially, it was thought that it would have drifted from Sri Lanka. Now it is believed that the boathouse might have come from Myanmar.

“We conducted an inquiry about the floating house to find out if there is any foul play. Our inquiry has so far revealed that it has no objectionable item. The language written on the side of the house shows it could have come from Myanmar. The inquiry is still on,” Superintendent of Police R. Thirugnanam told The Hindu on Monday.

Tour operators have utilised the opportunity to include the floating house in their itinerary.

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