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Goa: Fisherfolk, locals worry about naphthasalvage ops November 27,2019   |  Source: The Times of India

With no concrete action taken to remove the grounded chemical tanker Nu-Shi Nalini or pump out the naphtha in its hold, fishermen and residents are apprehensive that time is running out for safe salvage operations. The naphtha-laden ship had run aground off Cabo at Dona Paula during the very severe cyclonic storm Kyarr on October 24 and continues to sit firm on the rocks after more than a month.Fishermen are fearing the worst, uncertain about an end to their woes. “We have been spending sleepless nights, dreading leakage of the toxic material for over a month now. We have been repeatedly assured that the ship will go, but now our villagers know that the ship cannot be safe on the rocks for long,” local resident Rosario Rodrigues said.

In desperation, a few representatives of the fishing community and residents rushed to the North Goa collectorate to remind the authorities about the imminent danger. “We are desperate now, as nobody is paying heed to our cries for help,” Rodrigues said.The authorities have assured to hear out their grievances after a couple of days.

But the fishermen stated the weather conditions, which are suitable for salvaging operations, may worsen next month.“The sea is calmer during these days, but during December, the wind and tide

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