Landslides and floods have hit southern India, including the state of Kerala, after what some are already calling the “monsoon of the century”. This rain event began on August 11th and the first floods did not begin until eight days later, this Sunday, August 19th. More than 400 people lost their lives.
On Monday, August 20th, the recession continued in the state of Kerala , in the south of India . And with her share of sinister discoveries and bad news. Last week’s floods claimed the lives of more than 400 people, forced more than 720,000 people to move, and are expected to cost India more than $ 3 billion, pending new reports that will likely these three figures be revised upwards
Areas cut off from the rest of the country
A week of torrential rains completely cut off parts of Kerala State from the rest of the country and, as a result, delayed the arrival of relief supplies.
Entire towns and villages were thus isolated for several days, the main transport axes being unusable.
Some inhabitants, more equipped than others, were able to use boats to move, between the rainy episodes, towards safer places.
Others were not so fortunate and had either to wait for the arrival of relief, by land or air, or to move on their own, taking with them as much food as they could.
Many of them had to wait until 19 and 20 August and the first floods to leave the affected areas, while the relief reached the most isolated places and discovered destruction and new bodies.
Management of the “after”
The government will now have to deal with the aftermath. The material and economic damage, in addition to the human damage already colossal, are numerous. Agriculture should be severely impacted, as well as many local businesses and industries. In some places, the water level could reach between 3 to 4 meters.
Along the roads taken by the hundreds and thousands of displaced people, the destroyed buildings and other dead animals reminded everyone that the consequences of this episode would also be felt in the long term.
For the authorities, it is now a question of organizing the 5,645 humanitarian aid camps opened since the beginning of this crisis and the 725,000 internally displaced persons. In particular, there is the risk that deteriorated hygiene conditions and contamination of drinking water will create conditions conducive to the onset of disease.
Meanwhile, search and rescue operations continue from this Monday on August 20, while residents continue to evacuate the affected areas. This Monday, August 20, the Indian government decreed “the state of natural disaster” .