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Landslides and flooding in Kerala are becoming more frequent

Red alert has been issued for 6 districts of Kerala.

Cherai Flooding in Kerala (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Every year the landslides are becoming more frequent killing over 145 people in the last two years. It has been observed that there is a lack of a strong environmental policy to protect the land.

With the monsoon season and heavy rains more such calamities are expected in the areas which are prone to the landslides. The main area which is the most prone to landslides in Idukki. This place has faced many landslides since last year. The Gap Road highway area has seen around 20 landslides since last year. This calamity has destroyed the tea-estates which are one of the major sources of revenue for the locals.

There are many people living in many ecologically fragile places that are very prone to the landslides caused during monsoon season. Strong governmental intervention is needed to protect the land and its people.

A phenomenon called ‘Soil Piping’ is observed in the Western Ghats area of Kerala. Intensive rainfall has weakened the soil and made it prone to sliding. The climate has changed a lot since last few years and the rainfall has become more intense. In the recent past, many construction projects have caused the natural plantations to be removed which contributed further to the calamity of the landslides.

Presently, Idukki is the most landslide-prone area in Kerala. These events of landslides have made the area of Munnar dangerous for people. There are discussions going on to re-locate the residents of these areas to a different region.

The risk of flooding has also increased with the intensification of the rainfalls year after year. The following YouTube video from the channel ‘Hindustan Times’ shows the recent flooding and landslides in most of the areas of Kerala.

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