SOME TSUNAMI AID SOLUTIONS CAUSING PROBLEMS
So much money was donated for tsunami relief that Tharangambadi, like many Indian fishing villages, is awash in boats.
The community has 360 today, up from 155 before the tsunami, according to the South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies.
The fishermen couldn't be happier. Many used to venture out to sea in primitive vessels, little more than four or five logs lashed together to form a short, shallow craft.(see below, BLO)
Now they're plying the waters in 28-foot-long fiberglass-reinforced shells that run $1,900 apiece.
"It's more comfortable and it's safer," said Ravi, 35. "Our catch is good; the only problem is that fish prices have dropped."
The irony is that, while so little aid has flowed to the Dalits, the proliferation of boats may turn out to be a waste.
Officials from the South Indian fishing federation think that more boats were distributed than the coast can absorb.
With so many boats chasing the same resource, they predict that the catch per boat will fall, and some fishermen won't be able to cover their costs.
SOURCE: Sandeep Junnarkar
Katumara, Cochin, India, 1978
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