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Coastal children on exposure trip

raring to go: V.Thirunavukarasu, District Forest Officer, flagging of the tour for children from the tsunami-affected coastal communities in Nagapattinam on Wednesday. – Photo:B_Velankanni Raj

raring to go: V.Thirunavukarasu, District Forest Officer, flagging of the tour for children from the tsunami-affected coastal communities in Nagapattinam on Wednesday. – Photo:B_Velankanni Raj  

To know about various mitigation efforts, preventive measures

An exposure trip for children from communities along the coastal areas that were hit by the tsunami was flagged off by District Forest Officer V.Thirunavukarasu here on Wednesday.

The programme funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and implemented through the Magalir Thittam, provides an opportunity to the children to know various mitigation efforts and preventive measures that can be applied in the event of a similar disaster.

The tour, in vogue till previous year, was conceived for middle-schools in coastal villages of Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai division. Under this, the district was divided into northern and southern division, with one set of villages from Akkarapettai to Kodiakkarai being taken to Poompuhar, Tranqebar, Kodiakkarai, PAJANCOA and Karaikal.

And the children from the Mayiladuthurai division with villages from Chandrapadi to Kodiyampalayam were taken to Annamalai University and other places. Mr.Thirunavukarasu told The Hindu that the IFAD-sponsored initiative aims at enhancing knowledge of the children on conservation. The tour includes visit to shelter-bed and coastal plantations, sand dunes and exposure to fire-prevention techniques, he said and added that over 60 to 70 schools are expected to participate this year.



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