Friday, August 10, 2018

Kerala Diary 1 - Raining misery

It's an eerie feeling being in North Paravur - about 120 km north west of Idukki reservoir. The shutters of the Cheruthoni Dam in Idukki (central Kerala) have been opened, following incessant rain, letting out huge quantities of water into Periyar river which is now overflowing into some human habitations.

While grim visuals of the havoc caused by the rain are rolling on the TV screen, here it's mostly only overcast sky and an occasional heavy rain but water seeping into earth.

I have been here since Wednesday night when the clouds opened up unleashing a fury not seen in recent times. I was woken up around 2 am by the sound of the strong force of the downpour. Didn't quite realise then what it had wreaked mainly in north and central Kerala.

Next morning onwards, the only news on local news channels has been the mounting death toll and untold hardship of whoever was in the way of the recklessly gushing torrents of water.

Such has been the downpour across Kerala that shutters of 24 of the 40 dams in the State had to be opened. Twenty two people have lost their lives in the last two days. Idukki area is still witnessing heavy rain.

Tomorrow, I am scheduled to travel down south to Ernakulam, which is closer to areas that have been badly hit. Hopefully, the ferocity of rain would have abated by then, and situation is better.

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  1. The situation is grim. Government already on war footing to meet the crisis.Rescuing the stranded, clean water , food and shelter are the immediate priorities .We had in 2015 similar situation at Chennai. It shd be managed professionally.

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    1. Yes, KP. I remember the 2015 floods in Chennai. That was quite devastating for the city and its people.

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  2. Yikes. The weather... Climate change is really hitting all of us hard. I send whatever good thoughts I can to those in the way of the waters.

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    1. Hi Liz, I do agree with the climate change theory. Weather has been crazy around the world.

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  3. Hi Pradeep - oh how very difficult and sad for those families and communities in the path of all that rain or overflow. I too hope you'll be safe ... all the best - Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary, Luckily, the places I had been to in Kerala, were not majorly affected, though there was rain. Thanks.

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  4. THIS IS THE WORST RAIN I HAVE EVER SEEN .WE HAD PLANS FOR A VACATION TO KERELA .HAPPY THAT WE CHANGED ALL OUR PLANS .OUR PRAYERS TO ALL .

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    1. Hi Shilpa, There are many like you I guess. When I was at the Ernakulam bus stand, I met a group of young architects who had come to Kerala to see the famous Nehru Trophy boat race. I has been postponed, and they are going back without seeing it.

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