Forest dept to restore vegetation in Vazhachal which was washed away in flood
Athirappilly (Thrissur): The flood havoc in 2018 washed away a huge amount of vegetation from Vazhachal forest area here, it has been found in a study conducted by the Hornbill Foundation on behalf of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board.
Before the floods, several islets and riparian forests were growing on 260 hectares of land at a distance of 30 kilometres from Orukkomban and Thumboormuzhi. The study confirmed that about half of this has been destroyed, said Ecologist Dr K H Amitha Bachan.
New plant saplings are planted in the islets with the help of tribal people. The forest department, with the help of UNDP, is trying to revive the riparian forests and islets around Chalakudy river by planting trees and plants.
About 4500 tree saplings including reed, Indian beech tree, giant crepe-myrtle and tree turmeric were planted. A special nursery was prepared in Vazhachal for this. The pilot project is implemented as part of the scheme initiated by the forest department to rejuvenate the forests in Vazhachal.
Vazhachal DFO SV Vinod said that the vegetation in Vazhachal is very huge and cannot even be assessed. The rejuvenation scheme aims to revive the plants that were washed away in the flood. So, the plants can be protected for the future, he said.