Heaviest Rainfall since 1924
Kerala flood disaster ‘made worse by bad development’
The huge Kerala floods, which killed at least 400 people and left nearly a million homeless, were expected because warnings about poor development and abuse of the local environment were ignored, experts say.
Flooding caused by heavy monsoon rains in Kerala has killed at least 97 people, shut down an airport and displaced more than 85,000 people, according to officials in the region in southern India. Many of those who died are believed to have been crushed under debris caused by landslides. Water is seen gushing down the streets in Kozhikode, Kerala, cutting off road links and submerging several villages. India’s Metrological Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rain in the state and has issued a “red alert” for all 14 districts.
Boats have been deployed across the state to reach thousands of people stranded by floodwater, and fishermen had been asked to help with rescue efforts. Railway and road transport has been all but halted with railway tracks and roads submerged under water. Operations at the international airport in the city of Kochi have been suspended as well. Military personnel have been deployed across the state and are working on search and rescue missions. More teams from the National Disaster Response Force have also been requested to assist in evacuations.
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