21 October, 2020

The Damn Floods: Kerala’s Monster Monsoon Leaves Us With A Deluge Of Questions

Why does nearly every ‘natural’ disaster hit us on such a scale? What are we doing wrong? Who’s guilty? Kerala’s monster monsoon leaves us with a deluge of questions.

Watery Rage
Water gushes out of the Idamalayar dam when the gates were opened on August 9
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The Damn Floods: Kerala’s Monster Monsoon Leaves Us With A Deluge Of Questions
outlookindia.com
2018-08-24T15:28:46+05:30

Tragedy Is No Lessons Learnt

  • 2001 Gujarat (Bhuj) ­earthquake, around 20,000 casualties
  • 2004 Quake and ­tsunami, over 1,000 killed
  • 2005 Floods in Gujarat and Maharashtra, nearly 5,000 dead
  • 2007 Floods in Bihar, nearly 1,300 deaths
  • 2013 Cloudburst in Uttarakhand, nearly 6,000 deaths
  • 2014 Kashmir floods, 300 deaths
  • 2018 Uttarakhand forest fires, 3,500 hectares burned

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The Deluge. It’s just over a week since it hit Kerala. Yes, the scale was epic enough to recall Pauranic and Biblical lore, and the effect profound enough for all of us to revisit our basic ideas about how we live. As the flood waters recede, the freed lands unveil more destruction every day. But the story has gone beyond the human toll, the material devastation, the heroic rescue work, the...

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