This photo, of damage already being done by approaching seas in Ovar, was taken almost a decade ago. Image: Barbara Raquel Moreira
This photo, of damage already being done by approaching seas in Ovar, was taken almost a decade ago. Image: Barbara Raquel Moreira

Sea breaking through beach defences in Ovar

Alerts are out today in Ovar where the sea has already broken through beach defences in three places along Praia do Furadouro. Authorities are fearful of a collapse (of the defences into the water), and possible consequences to local people who insist on frequenting the ‘danger zones’, even though they have been cordoned off. This is not a new issue. It has been ongoing since 2021, but government assurances that defences would be replenished have not materialised, laments mayor Salvador Malheiro – suggesting this shows “incompetence” on the part of State authorities.