Cherai: The fishermen of Cherai are in deep trouble as the backwaters have been filled with sand and garbage, leading to decrease in water level. Sand had accumulated on both sides of the backwaters except in the area dredged for waterway. Boats tied at the harbour are not being able to be moved into the backwaters due to this. Even the Chinese nets cannot be used in such condition. The fisherfolks are now in poverty.
The sand left over from dredging were deposited on the banks. The current scenario occurred when the sand flowed into the backwaters during rain and high tide, said the locals.