Caught between COVID-19 and sea erosion, Edgar Sebastian, a Class 10 scholar hailing from Chellanam, a coastal village in Kochi wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind urging assist for his village and household.
For the previous week, the coastal hamlet, which is grappling with COVID-19, after lots of of individuals contracted the illness via native transmission, is going through the fury of the ocean. Tons of of properties had been flooded and lots of of them had been destroyed within the extreme sea erosion, the locality witnessed.
Sebastian belongs to one of many lots of of affected households. The 14-year-old wrote the letter to the President on July 25, as his final resort to sort things.
“My village Chellanam is hit by disasters, however there is no such thing as a one to assist us. I’m scripting this letter because of this worry. For the reason that time I can keep in mind, twice yearly, my dad and mom used to run away from our home taking me and my brother. On account of sea erosion, throughout summer time and monsoon, water would gush into my home. Since July 16 this 12 months, sea erosion has began. As ordinary, we ready to go to our relative’s home, however couldn’t go as a result of COVID-19 transmission in our area,” he wrote.
Sebastian described how he has additionally been a part of a number of protests together with starvation strikes, alongside along with his father and others within the area, demanding the development of a sea wall to guard the households on the coast.
“However nobody got here to our assist. The monstrous waves entered virtually all the homes in Chellanam. Near 400 homes have been broken and 6 homes have been completely destroyed. Together with the issues within the homes, my pals and I’ve additionally misplaced our college textbooks. Monsoon has solely began in Kerala and there will likely be sea erosion once more,” he defined.
Urging the President to intervene within the concern, Sebastian stated, “I’ve studied that the Arabian Sea is one among India’s borders. I imagine that you’ve got the accountability to guard the border. You might be my final hope. I humbly request you to intervene within the matter to assemble a sea wall and rescue us.”
The boy has not acquired a reply to his letter but however he hopes that the President will discover it and intervene.
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