Residents in Chilaw island live in fear of losing their homes

Residents in Chilaw island live in fear of losing their homes

Residents in Chilaw island live in fear of losing their homes

Written by Staff Writer

24 Mar, 2016 | 8:36 pm

The island of Muthupanthiya in Chilaw has been undergoing coastal sea erosion for a considerable period of time. Communities living in the area are now facing the threat of their homes.

The Muthupanthia Island in Chilaw is home to nearly 200 fishing families. Due to the coastal erosion, these fishermen are facing a situation where they cannot even engage in their livelihoods. The coastal erosion has forced locals to abandon their homes.

Residents stated that they cannot live there since the waves break through and hit their homes. This situation has resulted in around ten families being forced out of their homes. Locals say that even though a rock wall was built to curb the situation, it is not sufficient.

They added that not even 40 perches were left from their 80 perch land, as around half of the land has been affected by coastal erosion. Explaining further, they added that during the Gammedda programme they made a plea from officials to protect their village, but there has been no action taken since then.

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