2018 India Kerala Flooding Situation Report 1 – period covered: August 16, 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


Situation Overview


Humanity Road activated its disaster desk on August 16 after severe flash flooding and landslides impacted the state of Kerala in India. This report provides early indications based on social media. Kerala has been hit by devastating flash floods and landslides due to heavy rains. At least 87 people have been killed, more than 85,000 have been displaced, and the Kochi Airport is shut down. Many of those who died are believed to have been crushed under debris caused by landslides. In dramatic footage coming out of the region, water is seen gushing down the streets in Kozhikode, Kerala, cutting off road links and submerging several villages India’s Meteorological Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rain in the state until Saturday and has issued a “red alert” for 12 out of its 14 districts. Some 10,000 kilometres of roads have been destroyed or damaged and hundreds of homes lost. Source

16 Aug

The flood situation in Kerala State has worsened. Media reports indicate that these are the worst floods since 1924. As the Indian Meteorological Service predicts more rains until 19 August, the situation is likely to further deteriorate. 14 districts have been put on red alert with 35 dams open and all rivers, from Kasaragod in the north to Thiruvananthapuram in the south, are far beyond alert levels. According to media reports, the death toll rose to 73. 25 people lost their lives on 15 August alone. Approximately 20 million people have been reportedly affected. Landslides are reported in different parts of the state. So far, more than 150 000 people have been rescued and lodged in 1 068 relief camps across the state. source