Kerala floods 2018: Hit the history of Disasters
In August 2018, harsh flooding affected the Kerala due to heavy high rainfall during the monsoon season. Media reports show that these are the worst floods since 1924. Approximately 20 million people have been affected. Landslides are reported in different parts of the state. So far, more than 150 000 people have been rescued and lodged in 1 068 relief camps across the state. Over 445 peoples were died and near about 14 districts of the state were on high alerts. About one sixth of population of Kerala is affected by flood and its related incident.
There was heavy rainfall in Kerala on the mid evening of August 08. In 24 hours 12 inches of rainfall is recorded in state. Due to heavy rainfall dams were filled with their capacities. Almost 34 out of 54 dams were opened. This happened first time in history. First time in 26 years all the five overflow gates of Idukki Dams were opened at the same time .Kerala government blamed that sudden release of water from Tamil Nadu was one of the main reason for flood causing. But research indicates that heavy rainfall can’t be ignored.
The flooding has disturbed hundreds of villages, destroyed an around 10,000 km of roads and thousands of homes have been damaged. The Government has cancelled Onam celebrations, whose funds have been reallocated to relief efforts.
Kerala is famous for its literacy and rich for natural resources. Beauty of state is totally destroyed by this giant disaster. There were loss of around 20,000 crore along with valuable lives. Rebuilding the state is one of the difficult tasks before the government. Rehabilitation process is start there but rehabilitate peoples in same areas are little bit difficult task.
Government of Kerala is doing his best for the flood affected areas. People across the country and abroad were co-operated and support the government’s rebuilding and rehabilitation duties. Both the ruling party and opposition parties work together. Situation is regularly monitored by the Prime minister, chief minister and National crises management committee.
Chief Minister of Kerala demand to all employed Keralities to donate one month’s salary to the CMDRF and request businessmen and traders to stamp a portion of their income for relief work.
Peoples have lost their home, cattles and agricultural lands, they have no source of income but hope for better future. Our pray and support are with Keralities. Its my humble request to all to come forward to help Kerala for overcoming this disaster.