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Spring tide hits shacks at Calangute, Baga

Spring tide hits shacks at Calangute, Baga

11 Oct 2018 No comment 61 hits

CALANGUTE: Seawater entered almost all shacks along the Calangute-Candolim shore on Wednesday morning due to a spring tide caused by the combined effect of cyclone Luban and the coinciding high tide. The incident caused panic among tourists, shack owners and watersports operators. The water receded by afternoon.
Shack owners said the water started rising at around 11am and kept rising till around two hours later. “My shack is on a platform, but the water rose so high that it entered the kitchen which is at the rear end of the shack,” Seby D’Souza, vice-president of the Shack Owners Welfare Society (SOWS), who operates a shack on Candolim beach, said.

Alarmed by the situation, D’Souza said he dismantled his shack and will be rebuilding it on a higher level. “I had 40 workers on the job and by evening I finished the task because you cannot say what will happen next. There is another high tide on Wednesday night. There is one more cyclone next month and another forecast for December. I have seen the videos of the damage caused in Indonesia by the tsunami and I don’t want to take any risks,” he said.

“Incidents like these are happening on account of global warming and rise in sea level. This used to only happen on the east coast of India, but now it’s happening even here on the west coast,” D’Souza added.

Sources said that except for a handful of shacks, water entered all the others. There are around 200 shacks along the Calangute-Candolim beach belt.

Baga suffered a similar fate. John Lobo, general secretary, SOWS, said the water entered all the shacks in Baga. He also said he was unable to move his shack to higher ground as there is a road right behind it. “Water has entered all the shacks in Baga, much more than what happened during the last season, but there is not much we can do as we’ve already erected our structures,” Lobo said.

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