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Climate change: not with a bang, but a whimper

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TOI reports a story that seems local, but will repeat in the years to come across the coasts of India:

The Padukere-Hejmady Road is in danger of being washed out due to seaerosion at Tenka Yermal village in Udupi district on Wednesday.

The Padukere-Hejmady Road is in danger of being washed out due to seaerosion at Tenka Yermal village in Udupi district on Wednesday.

With the coastal districts of the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi receiving heavy rain, intensity of which is more than what they received last year, various places along the coast are witnessing severe sea erosion.

A fisheries road in Tenka Yermal which was paver-finished last year eroded in five places on Wednesday during the high tide. Six houses near Ameen Moolastana are facing the danger as the sea reached their walls crossing the boulders that were placed as a last resort against erosion. Lalitha Bangera, a resident of Ullal for the past 30 years, said that the sea might engulf her house anytime.

Lifeguard Mohan Kumar said, “This year the erosion has been severe. Last year the sea waves barely reached Sharada Katte. This year the katte is gone.”

About 20 coconut trees of Gangadhar Suvarna were washed away in Thottam area.

Houses of Vishwanath, Sushila Karkera, Sundar Suvarna, Lingappa Puthran and Bharathi Kotian in the village are facing the risk of being damaged by the sea.

Sea erosion in Malpe continued even on Wednesday though the rain has receded in Udupi. Sea erosion had started near Hanuman Nagar and Kola areas in Malpe on Sunday and continued on Wednesday. All the stone benches on the beach have been washed away and the sea has entered a few houses in Kola area.

Climate change and rise in sea-water levels seem like abstractions until you start noticing little local stories like this. Lalitha Bangera, Sushila Karkera, Sundar Suvarna, Lingappa Puthran and Bharathi Kotian are early victims of circumstances that may well wash away parts of Mumbai in 30 years, not to speak of many other places along the 7500 kilometers of India’s coastline.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

July 25, 2013 at 9:01 am

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