The trouble today is not caused by traditional fishers, so much as by mechanised trawlers owned by Tamil Nadu businessmen, that use big nets to scoop up everything in their path; bottom-trawling is a method so destructive that scrape marks on the seabed can be seen in underwater videos of the practice.
Natural gas deposits found off Sri Lanka’s north-western coast remained untouched for almost 10 years while alarm grew over increasing signs of global warming, from hotter weather to more frequent and intense cyclones.
Search and rescue teams are on alert and stocks of relief supplies are being pre-positioned especially in the north and east as disaster management authorities brace for the second, and more intense, cyclone season, and subsequent north-east monsoon.
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