Rapid Needs Assessment Report on Kerala Flood, 2018

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1. Executive Summary

Kerala is experiencing the largest disaster of flood and land slide after 1924.The torrential rain since 10th May in sporadic place in Kerala and continuous rain since August first week accumulate huge rain water in several dams. Finally, 10th August 22 dams were open by the Kerala government. The state government informed, electronic media, print media and public address system to all the house door to door notice regarding release the water. The river basin areas and houses were submerged with released water from the dams.

But due to continuous rain mountains soil get lose and thus create a devastated landslide in any places in the hilltop areas. The people were not ready for the landslide. Many houses were fully damaged, many lives lost, even agricultural land were severely damaged due to landslide.

2. Background

This year the south west monsoon in Kerala started in the last week of May. Torrential rains continued in the state of Kerala since the third week of July 2018 which is still continuing. Most of the districts in coastal, middle and high ranges of the state experiencing serious issues due the heavy rain fall. 8 districts are now on red alert.