Unprecedented floods has bought havoc to the state of Kerala. For the first time in history, the state has witnessed a calamity of such scale. Incessant rainfall and opening of 27 dams across the state has rendered thousands of families homeless overnight across Wayanad, Palakkad, Idukki, Alappuzha and Kotayyam. Widespread landslides have been reported from Malappuram, Kozhikode, Idukki and Wayanad districts.
37 people have lost their lives in floods and rain related incidents in different parts of Kerala so far. Over 14,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps in Wayanad alone.
Currently, rescue missions are underway, but as the water recedes the damages are expected to be very high. Inundation and landslide damage will leave houses and schools vulnerable, leaving them inhabitable. At the same time, the hazard of the receding monsoon continues to be a threat for communities of this region.
The SEEDS team is on ground in Kerala for initial assessments of the damage caused.