1. Executive Summary
With the state receiving 758.6 mm rainfall between 1st August and 19th August, 164% more than the average of 287.6 mm, Kerala faced unprecedented flooding. Kerala received 42% more rains than usual since the onset of the Monsoon in June. By midAugust, there had been 2346.3 mm of rainfall instead of an average of 1649.55 mm. The highest rainfall was in Idukki district, which received 92% more rains. This was followed by Palakkad, which received 72% more rains.
The unprecedented rainfall coupled with ensuing floods and landslide had brought Kerala to standstill in the month of August 2018. In all 474 people have been reported to have died, 12.47 lakh people were displaced, and around 20,000 houses seriously damaged.
The Government of Kerala with the support from NDRF, Army, Navy and Air Force worked tirelessly for providing rescue and relief support to the affected population. As per KSMDA in span of 30 days between 1st august to 30th august 339 human lives were lost while 3.4 million people were there in around 12300 relief camps. 10319 houses got fully damaged and over 1 lakh were partially damaged.Over 10,000 KMs of major roads were washed away and 16000 hectare of land was lost. Along with the Government agencies, several civil society organizations, students groups, INGOs and NGOs are responding to the immediate worst affected accessible areas in 9 districts namely Alappuzha, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Wayanad besides parts of Kannur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kottayam and Kollam.