Cyclone Ockhi: High tides affect tourism in Goa
High tides were reported early morning on Sunday due to Cyclone Ockhi that has hit Tamil Nadu, Kerala and several beach stretches in Goa. High tides affect tourism in Goa
The hotel owners said that the water rushed into the beach shacks washing away beds put up on the shoreline.
The beaches like Morjim in North Goa and Mobor in South Goa were among the worst hit due to the water surge, they added.
Well-patronised beaches in North Goa like Baga and Anjuna too faced the consequences of the high tide with tourists refusing to visit the shoreline since Saturday evening.
“The sudden rise in the water created a fearful situation among the tourists specially the foreign guests who went back to the hotel and did not return. This has affected tourism on a promising weekend when we were expecting heavy footfalls,” said Manuel Cardoso, general secretary, Goa Traditional Shack Owners’ Association.
People who owns shack at Calangute beach said the water almost touched his shack leaving no space to accommodate any beach beds.
There was no formal statement issued from the tourism department but a senior offical between them said they were keeping a close watch on the situation.
Indian Meteorological Observatory, which had on Saturday predicted “no impact” to Goa due to the cyclone, has asked fishermen not to venture in the sea. It has asked those already in deep ocean to return to the jetties.
Drishti Marines,is a lifeguard service hired by the state government to take a look at the shorelines, lifeguard service requested tourists to not swim into the sea during high tide.
The lifeguards were seen active on all the beaches, and two women Irish nationals caught in the waves this morning were rescued by locals at Palolem beach in South Goa, said police.
Goa is currently witnessing peak tourist season which will continue till the New Year when thousands of the people descend on the beaches.
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