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KERALA FLOOD 2018 – Gayathri Suresh collecting from Thrissur

KERALA FLOOD 2018 – Gayathri Suresh collecting from Thrissur

KERALA FLOOD 2018 – Gayathri Suresh collecting from Thrissur





A flooded home in Kerala, India

Flood conditions in Kerala, India
In late July 2018, severe flooding affected Kerala state in India due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season. Kerala’s worst floods in nearly a century,[2] over 373 people died[3] within a fortnight, while at least 280,679[3][4] people were evacuated, mainly from Chengannur, Pandanad,[5] Aranmula, Aluva, Chalakudy, Kuttanad, Pandalam and with all 14 districts of the state placed on high alert.[6][7]

Thirty-five out of the forty-two dams within the state were opened for the first time in history and all five overflow gates of the Idukki Dam were opened at the same time after a gap of 26 years.[8] Heavy rains in Wayanad and Idukki have caused severe landslides and have left the hilly districts isolated.[9]

Kerala received heavy monsoon rainfall on the mid evening of August 8 resulting in dams filling to capacity; in the first 24 hours of rainfall the state received 310 mm (12 in) of rain.[10] Almost all dams have been opened since the water level has risen close to overflow level due to heavy rainfall, flooding local low-lying areas.[11] For the first time in the state’s history, 35 of its 42 dams have been opened.[12]

Most of the regions affected by this monsoon were classified as ecologically-sensitive zones (ESZs) by the the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, the Gadgil Committee. Most of the recommendations and directions by the commitee was either neglected or rejected. Chairman of the committee Madhav Gadgil accused the state government and its irresponsible environmental policy for the recent landslides and floods. He called it a “man-made calamity”

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