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‘Artificial reefs could slow Cedros erosion’

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, right and Works Minister Rohan Sinanan during their tour of Bamboo Village, Cedros to survey the damage caused by coastal erosion on Saturday. PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH

Members of the Coastal Protection Unit returned to Bamboo Village, Cedros yesterday to continue ongoing research into the massive erosion which caused the destruction of several homes in the community and threatened a significant segment of the seaside community.

A report is expected to be submitted to the Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan, Siparia Regional Corporation and senior fire officer at the Cedros Fire Station Keith Siberan.

Recommendations made so far suggest that artificial reefs could be used to stop the force of the waves which is causing the landmass to cave into the sea.

Geologist Xavier Moonan said planting of marine vegetation can also assist in breaking the pace of coastal erosion.

Meanwhile, local government councillor for the area Shankar Teelucksingh said two families who were given keys to new homes on March 7, at Lakeview, Point Fortin, have still not moved.

“We are assisting with the relocation.

So far, six families have already left the area but we will be assisting the last two families over the next few days,” Teelucksingh said.

Minister of Housing Randall Mitchell said yesterday that negotiations for permanent resettlement will begin soon and should be completed within the next six months.

On February 26, the families had to be evacuated after massive coastal erosion caused a house to fall into the sea. Four homes belonging to Leroy Joseph, Latiff Mohammed, Deomatie Mohammed and David Samuel were also on the periphery of the 1,000 feet cliff and their families had to be evacuated.

About 400 metres of the Bamboo Village, Extension Road collapsed into the Columbus Bay during the erosion which swallowed a house owned by Charmion Gunness.

Electricity poles were also torn down, rendering the village without power.

The area has since been declared a disaster zone.


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