India: Floods in Kerala

11th August 2018

In the evening of Thursday the 9 August 2018, the state of Kerala in India, was  witnessing severe flooding due to continuing rains which have been ongoing for a few days. Vigorous southwest monsoon has left a trail of destruction across Kerala, killing at least 26 people over last 48 hours. This vigorous monsoon eventually has led to the increase in level of water in many dams / reservoirs in Kerala. The incessant rains caused havoc by flooding many districts in Northern districts of Kerala namely Idukki, Ernakulam, Malapuram, Kozhikode, Palakkad and Wyanad. The flooding has damaged infrastructure, agricultural lands and houses. The release of water from dams has further exacerbated the flooding particularly around Idukki and Ernakulam Districts. Incessant rains in the other parts has led to severe flooding in Wyanad, Kozhikode, Palakadd and Malapuram Districts. Idukki and Wayand being hilly have witnessed landslides. In the two districts where 26 lives were lost, 11 were because of the landslides. Many roads in Wyanad and Idukki have been blocked because of the landslides. Around 9000 people have shifted to 64 camps in Ernakulam, 3521 people in Idukki. Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in all the affected districts. Many roads have been cutoff and many districts are witnessing power shutdowns. The power shutdown may also trigger a  drinking water crisis in some of the affected areas. As of now 241 relief camps have been set up and 15,700 people from the low lying areas have been shifted in those camps. This flood is the second wave of Flood in Kerala in this Monsoon Period. The first wave of Flood affected Wayanad district and the Kuttanad Area of Kerala which is part of Pathanamthitta, Allapuzha and Kottayam.

 

Alert: Floods in Kerala, India