The beautiful 30 acre mangrove area in the Andagalawella area in Kirinda, Tissamaharama has been plundered by tourists as well as philanthropists in the area.

Accordingly, a philanthropist businessman in the Vilamulla area in Tissamaharama was occupying the remaining mangrove area when the Kirinda Police and JCB raided the area. A machine has been seized.

Kirinda Police OIC Inspector MLB Dissanayake said that at the time of the arrest, the mangroves had been removed and piled up and set on fire. Ranjith mentions. Following the tsunami disaster, the area was designated as a mangrove plantation and programs were even launched.

The area is also known for its beautiful mangroves and is home to a large number of birds such as the Green Bird and reptiles.

It can be seen that this mangrove area has already been cordoned off for the construction of tourist hotels. Environmentalists say that tourist hotels will be built in the remaining mangroves in the near future due to the negligence of coastal conservation officers and environmentalists.

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