KENDRAPARA: Fate of large number of shrimp farmers and seafood exporters hangs in balance due to slipshod attitude of the Fisheries Department, alleged Gorachand Mohanty, president of Orissa chapter of Sea Food Exporters

KENDRAPARA: Cholera virus has been found in gastro-affected villages of Rajnagar block in Kendrapara district where recently 12 persons, including six children, died after suffering from water-borne diseases.

KENDRAPARA: Life was thrown out of gear in several parts of coastal Orissa due to heavy rains accompanied by gales today under the impact of a cyclonic storm, even as tidal waves lashed some areas.

Incessant rain triggered by the depression submerged low-lying areas in the coastal districts of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara.

Marine protected areas have put thousands of fishers out of business. It doesn

Olive Ridley turtles missed their annual nesting trip to the Orissa coast last year. Conservation groups blamed the upcoming port at Dhamra. The turtles are back this year, and port proponents Tata and L&T claim vindication. They overlook the violations that have allowed the port at Dhamra in the first place On March 23, 2009, environmental group Green-peace International issu-ed a full-page

KENDRAPARA: In flagrant violation of laid-down norms, 500 brick-kilns, including 60 modern chimney brick-kilns, are operating in this coastal district. Environmentalists said the brick-kilns have become a major cause of land degradation, rising temperature and air pollution.

KENDRAPARA: More than a million baby Olive Ridley sea turtles have started emerging from the sandy nesting grounds at Nasi-1 and Nasi-2 islets under Gahiramatha marine sanctuary of Kendrapara district today, said Prasanna Kumar Behera, the divisional forest officer of Bhitarkanika National Park.

With the summer at its peak, villagers of Kendrapara are facing acute shortage of water. Due to scanty rainfall and excessive exploitation of groundwater in the last one year, water table in these areas has slid down drastically. Even wells in many areas have dried up since last month.

KENDRAPARA: The Bhitarkanika forest department has imposed a two-and-half-month ban from May 15 to July 31 on entry of tourists and visitors to Bhitarkanika National Park during the mating and nesting season of salt-water crocodiles.

The forest department will also renovate five ponds at the Crocodile Breeding Centre at Dangamala within the park, said Prasanna Kumar Behera, DFO of the park.