By Nita Bhalla/ AlertNet
Aid workers estimate that tens of thousands of villagers in India’s southeast need emergency aid after a cyclone hammered the coast and several interior villages last week, causing widespread damage. (More from AlertNet)
The impact of environmental change on the fisherfolk of Kanyakumari district
By Surabhi Sinha
The Kanyakumari coast is being impaired by erosion, environmental degradation as well as human activities. Several human activities on the coast and further inland have contributed to coastal erosion and in the context of global warming it could make the impacts of sea level rise even worse. Several measures have been adopted for the protection of the coast based on the geomorphology of the area – but not always successful as this case study shows.
The main problems in the Kanyakumari coastline are sea water intrusion into rivers and canals and the receding shoreline. The latter problem is larger and is probably more difficult to tame as it depends on various other global circumstances. Construction of sea walls is the most immediate solution. (More…)