Huge tidal waves hit Kanyakumari, trigger tsunami fears

July 20th, 2008 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu), July 20 (IANS) Huge tidal waves, nearly 20 feet in height, hit this coastal town of Tamil Nadu for the second consecutive day triggering tsunami fears among the residents.
Heavy seasonal rains affected tourist trade of the town on the confluence of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, witnesses said Sunday.

Following sudden movement of water away from the shore, waves slammed ashore damaging at least six canoes and a motorised fishing craft, fishermen said.

The ferry service linking the mainland to Vivekanand Memorial remained disrupted for several hours much to the discomfort of the tourists.

Seawater also entered some villages before ebbing. The incidents, however, were not unusual, official sources said.

Situated 40 km south of Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, the cape is a popular tourist centre.

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