19 families shifted to relief camps following sea erosion

Nine houses were destroyed and eleven partially damaged in sea erosion in Valiayathura area in Kerala capital, forcing the authorities to shift 69 persons to relief camps.

More than 200 houses in the area are under threat as the sea turned rough since Wednesday even as the Cyclone Fani expected to hit neighbouring Tamil Nadu on April 30.

After visiting the affected areas, Kerala Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan said all precationary measures being taken in view of the weather warning.

Meteorological department officials said a well low pressure area lies over East Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal. It is very likely to intensify into a depression during next 24 hours and into a Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards along and off east coast of Sri Lanka near north Tamil Nadu coast on April 30.

They warned that the wind speed would reach 100 kmph to 11kmph over Southwest Bay of Bengal, along and off Sri Lanka coast and off Tamilnadu and Puducherry coast on April 29.

The sea condition likely to be rough over East Equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal from April 26 to 30. The fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea areas in the affected areas during the period.

Meteorological Department issued a ‘red alert’ to Tamil Nadu in view of the Cyclone Fani. Weather experts said a clear picture on the exact landfall of Cyclone Fani would be clear only in a couple of days.

In Kerala, district collectors had been directed to take all precautionary measures to meet any eventuality.

Meanwhile, a group of fishermen staged a demonstration in Kerala campital seeking a permanant solution to protect their houses from rough seas. They threatend to intensify the agitation if the authorities to failed to take action.

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