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In what has become the new norm in Kerala, the state has once again been affected by

floods and landslides for the 3rd consecutive year. The cause for it this year also has been torrential rains and to extent mismanagement by the authorities. The rains have led to other casualties such as the severe landslide in Munnar in which 52

people died and 19 have been reported missing.

In the infamous Air India incident, the weather also played a role. According to the Indian Metrological Department (IMD), 2nd to 20th August will be a critical phase in Kerala’s fight against the floods. Unfortunately, Kerala isn’t the only state facing this huge problem with states such as Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra and UP also constantly being affected. The districts of Wayanad, Idukki, Malapuram and Kottayam have been the worst affected this year.

A sudden landslide long before sunrise in Rajamalai has led to the loss of many lives

and the demolition of a housing settlement. The government has prepared around

6,300 relief camps across the state for rescue operations.

On the 10th of August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meet with all 6 CMs to review their state’s preparedness to deal with the flood situation. In this meet, the PM emphasised on the use of innovative technologies for improving forecast and

warning systems. He also underlined the need for better coordination between

Central and State authorities to tackle future calamities. In this meet, the Kerala CM further demanded that states should be able to use funds fully from the State Disaster ReliefFund, asking the centre to remove the current 25% limit.

The states lauded the efforts of the National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) for timely intervention. Along with the NDRF, Kerala’s State Disaster Management Authority, the Kerala police, Indian Air force, civilians, volunteers and fishermen from coastal Kerala are also carrying out rescue operations in flood-affected regions. With the COVID-19 constantly posing a threat, authorities have a big role to play to make sure that they can save as many lives as possible and their fight against COVID-19 doesn’t unravel as well.

Reporter: Rishit Roy

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