2019 Kerala floods

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2019 Kerala floods
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Date8 August 2019 (2019-08-08) – present
LocationKerala, India
CauseHeavy rain
Discharges
Landslide
Deaths121 dead [1]
Property damageTo be estimated
Websitewww.keralarescue.in
Kerala Flood 2019, A flooded road at Angamaly, Kerala, India

On 8 August 2019, due to heavy rainfall in the Monsoon season, severe flood affected the southern Indian State of Kerala.[2] As a security measure in the prevailing situation of heavy rains, the Government of Kerala had issued Red alert in the 9 districts in Northern and Central Kerala, orange alert in 3 districts of Central Kerala, and yellow alert in the 2 districts of southern Kerala.[3] Thousands of people have been evacuated to safer places and relief camps.[1][4] A total of 101 people have died due to rain-related incidents since 14 August 2019, These camps now host more than 2 lakh people from various parts of the state.[1]

Another deluge had hit the state in August 2018, in which over 470 people died and properties worth US$5.8 billion (₹40000 crore) were damaged.

Causes[edit]

Incessant rain accompanied with the rise of water level in rivers and other water bodies have resulted in flooding in many parts of Kerala. Low pressure is also an reason [5][6]

Impact[edit]

As of 14 August 2019 , 121[7] people have been killed due to the floods across the state of Kerala. Over 2 lakh people have been directly affected by the flood, and have been shifted to 1318 relief camps in different parts of Kerala.[1] Airport authorities suspended operations of the flood-affected Cochin International Airport till 15:00 (IST) on 11 August 2019. The data from the Kerala State Disaster Management states that, as many as 1,789 houses had been damaged fully in between 8 and 19 August, while the number of partially damaged houses is 14,542.[8]

There have been 80 landslides in the span of 2 days, as said by the Chief Minister. Many people who are feared to be buried alive under them are being rescued. It is still a critical situation as the calamities interfere with the rescue operations. Districts that have been severely affected include Wayanad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts.

Rescue[edit]

Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, Kerala police along with the Indian Air Force, civilians, volunteers, fishermen from coastal Kerala are actively taking part in the rescue operations in flood-affected regions.[9] However, inclement weather with heavy rains and landslides are hampering the rescue operations in the hilly regions of Wayanad, Malappuram, and Kozhikode districts. [9] 83 National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) teams were deployed in addition to the 173 teams of Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard to take part in the relief operations.[10]

Animal rescue was carried out by local NGOs and activists on ground mainly in places like Wayanad and Nilambur. Notable work was done by Sally Varma of Humane Society International in Nilambur where around 500 kg of dog food and more than 5000 kg of cattle feed and 2500 kg of goat feed was distributed to the starving animals.[1] [2]

Relief and Monetary Aid[edit]

Landslip location in Kavalappara where 59 people feared died

Immediate financial aid of up to Rs 10,000 each for all calamity-hit families which had suffered losses in the torrential rains. A sum of Rs 4 lakh would be given to those whose houses had been fully damaged or had become uninhabitable and Rs 10 lakh to those who had lost their houses as well as land in the rain fury and landslides, Chief Minister's cabinet meeting.[3]

Response[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Kerala floods: Death toll touches 43; 1.24 lakh shifted to relief camps". The New Indian Express. 10 August 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Kerala flood: Heavy rains, landslides wreak havoc in state; red alert issued in 4 districts". Business Today. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3. ^ https://twitter.com/vijayanpinarayi/status/1159719778082181120?s=20
  4. ^ "Kerala sees heavy rains: many areas flooded, hundreds shifted to relief camps". The News Minute. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Kerala floods: incessant rain floods Nilambur region". The Hindu. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Kerala floods: water levels likely to rise at Periyar, Muvattupuzha rivers". The Hindu. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  7. ^ DelhiAugust 19, India Today Web Desk New; August 19, 2019UPDATED:; Ist, 2019 13:15. "Death toll in flood-hit Kerala rises to 121, 40 injured". India Today. Retrieved 22 August 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  8. ^ "Kerala Floods 2019: 121 dead, 1,789 Houses Collapsed". NewsClick. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Kerala rains live updates: death toll touches 22, CM says arrangements in place to tackle any emergency".
  10. ^ "83 NDRF teams dispatched for flood relief, rescue in four states, says MHA".

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