Kendrapara, October 13 (Local Wire) The gigantic sea waves due to cyclonic storm Titli threw away a huge quantity of garbage on the coastline of Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Ganjam districts.
The crashing waves deposit non-biodegradable plastic and other garbage on the beaches.
The beaches of Pentha and Satabhaya in Kendrapada district, Paradip and Silai in Jagatsinghpur district and Rushikulya, Gokhurajuda beaches of Ganjam district are now littered with a huge quantity of garbage. Beaches like Satabhaya and Rushikulya have trash up to two feet deep.
“The amount of waste that was thrown by the sea due to the cyclone was unprecedented,” said Rabindra Mohan Sahoo a turtle researcher and the president of Rushikulya Turtle Protection Society (RTPS)
The heaps of garbage will damage flippers of Olive Ridleys at the time of nesting during winter.
Baby fish prawn hatchlings feeding near the shores will also be adversely affected by the plastic.
It is normal to see some amount of garbage along the beach, but now the trash is excessive.
“I have never seen anything like this,” said Sahoo.
Many fishermen dump damaged fishing nets, plastic bottles, polythene, and other hazardous materials into ocean and the gigantic sea waves during the cyclone washed away the marine trash on the beach, added Sahoo.
Plastic garbage also chokes rivers, creeks along with marine ecosystems such as mangroves and estuaries.
The state government banned the use of the plastic on October 2 in only Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela and the seaside town of Puri.
It is high time on the part of the government to impose plastic prohibition in other parts of the state to save the environment, said Hemant Rout an environmentalist of Kendrapada.
“We advised many times fishermen many times not to throw any plastic items into the sea,” said Manas Ranjan Sahoo, additional marine fisheries director.