24% of Goa beaches severely damaged

Goa's beaches, which attract a million tourists every year, are gradually reducing with erosion gnawing away nearly one-fourth of the state's coastline.Around 25 km of the 105 km of the coastline has been severely damaged by erosion due to natural as well as human factors, water resources department has said in its latest report.

The department's report paints a very bleak picture of the state's coastline with 24% being severely damaged and around 30% suffering moderate damages in small patches.

The coastal belt in Bardez taluka has suffered the maximum damage with more than 7 km of the coast witnessing erosion. It was followed by Salcete with over 5 km of the coastline vanishing, while Canacona and Pernem lost 4 km and 3 km of the beach stretch, respectively.

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