At least 20 people have lost their lives because of the harsh rains in Kerala. Landslides, houses being swept away, undiscovered bodies, and flash floods have wreaked havoc in the state. The Idukki, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, and Thiruvananthapuram districts are currently highly sensitive zones. The Central Government has deployed Army, Navy, and Air Force personal to conduct rescue operations.
The scale of damage caused by the rains in Kerala was reminiscent of the Kerala floods that shook the state in 2018, claiming 483 lives. This year, the situation is worsened due to the pandemic. Dr M G Manoj, the head of the Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research at the Cochin University of Science and Technology shared, “The pattern of the rains shows it is a cloudburst. Some of the areas in Idukki and Kottayam received more than 20 cm downfall in two-three hours.”
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Torrential downpour in Mundakayam Kottayam saw a house being washed away by a strong stream of a river.
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