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Kerala: How the Kerala government plans to tackle coastal erosion and why experts disapprove by Saritha S Balan September 16,2019   |  Source: The News Minute

In the coastal area of Valiathura in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, relief camps have become a common sight. Since June, as many as 134 families of Kochuthoppu and Valiathura- coastal villages of Thiruvananthapuram have been living in three schools, and in a government warehouse. Their homes were destroyed due to sea erosion during the southwest monsoon.

Fishing families in Kerala have struggled with the effects of coastal erosion for years, with many forced to take refuge in relief camps and relatives’ homes once their houses were destroyed. Chellanam in Ernakulam and Kodungallur in Thrissur have almost the same story to tell, of sea erosion and destruction of houses during the monsoon season. The debate on how to protect the coastal regions has been ongoing. As much as 70% of the world’s coastal regions are under threat due to climate change and intrusive human development, as well as from government policies that don’t offer permanent solutions, says Dr KG Thara, disaster management expert and former head of the State Institute for Land and Disaster Management Centre.

Construction of harbours have caused coastal erosion and rough sea in various areas: at Muthalappozhi beach in Thiruvananthapuram and at Bepur in Kozhikode and that of break waters at the coastal

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