SPECIAL REPORT: Coastal towns grapple with threat of erosion

SPECIAL REPORT: Coastal towns grapple with threat of erosion

Written by Staff Writer

13 Jun, 2015 | 8:48 pm

Coastal towns like Marawila are facing a battle against the rising threat of coastal erosion.

Here are several locations in Marawila that have been washed away as a result of coastal erosion.

The threat of coastal erosion is high in the Barudelpola and Ambakandawila villages. The rise in the threat of coastal erosion during the off-season has become a part of life for these coastal towns.

A total of 100 families have been placed in a difficult situation as a result of the threat of coastal erosion, with locals desperately seeking to shore up its erosion defenses before the next off-season, hoping for an environment free of fear of being washed away.

Deputy Minister of Fisheries Dayashritha Tissera says that although a project was formulated in the past to provide a permanent solution to this issue, that did not materialize.

He adds that they have discussed it with the incumbent president and he has instructed them to create a long-lasting solution to strengthen the coastal belt from Wennapuwa to Puttalam. Speaking further, he notes that the placing of the rubble mound breakwater has already commenced in order to ensure coastal conservation.

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