Malappuram: “Thullikku Oru Kudam Pemari” – ( Malayalam proverb which means – one drop of rainwater is sufficient to fill one pot )) Kerala has seen the worst flooding after Flooding 99. This flooding is known as ” flooding 99″ because it happened in Malayalam year 1099, ( 1919 ). Flooding 99 was worst because, even Munnar, the palace blessed with natural beauty which is located at a height around 6000 feet was also hit by this flooding.
The death toll has raised to 89 within the span of 45 days and a loss of material worth 192 crore rupees was reported. The districts of Ernakulam, Kottayam, Idukki & Trichur was badly hit by the rain. Many places had landslides. Road and rail transportation was badly disturbed.
All the dams are filled and rivers are flowing with full fury. The State Police, Fire force, and even the armed forces are engaged in rescue and helping the diseased. Around 200 relief camps are operated and around 41000 people are shifted to rescue homes.
The places from Munnar to Kuttanad isolated.
Alapuzha – 25000 people were moved to the relief camp. Around 50000 people were in trouble due to the heavy rain. 77 houses were damaged partially.
Kottayam – 8577 people were shifted to 104 relief camp. 60 people were rescued from Ettumanoor.
Ernakulam – 4681 people from 1489 families are in relief camps. The dead body of 4 months old elephant calf was found floating near Karumalur bridge.
Pathanamthitta – 64 relief camps are operated and 1628 people from 334 families are shited.
Idukki – Landslide at Vazhathope panchayat. Many houses were damaged due to cyclone at Naissery, Karimannur, and Peringassery. No casualties were reported yet. Road transportation could not be restored in NH 183.
The districts of Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Palakkad, and Malappuram received more rain than the normal were as Thrissur and Kasarahode reported less than the normal.
Kerala has received rainfall of 1327.6 mm against the normal of 1096.7, which is 21% more in 2018. Let us have a quick look at the rain received at different places from 0 June to 18 July 2018 :
|District||2018 rainfall ( mm )||normal ( mm )||more / less|
Source – Wheather Forecast Centre Trivandrum