Heavy Rain – A burden for Kerala with increasing tragedies
Rainy season has arrived but a little heavier than expected along with tragedies. Now water is rushing into the houses and has caused many damages.Idukki and Ernakulam districts have experienced great disasters.
It was a very hard time for people in Kerala during the summer season with huge shortage of water. People were walking miles in order to fetch some water. For all the hardship and prayers of the people, rainy season has arrived but a little heavier than expected. Now water is rushing into the houses and has caused many damages.
Many dams have opened up thus causing a rise in the level of water. Idukki and Ernakulam districts have experienced great disasters. Day by day the death rates are creeping up along with huge losses in construction fields and agricultural sectors. Around 170 people have died due to rain and more than 25 crore has lost only for damages caused for buildings. In agricultural field 10,457 hectors of land has been destroyed with 119 crore loses. Mid Kerala will suffer maximum according to the report given. People are now in the verge of a huge disaster and praying to keep the climate calm.
In Idukki soil erosion and other calamities caused the lives of 13 people and some are even under soil. They received about 22.3 cm rainfall which is the greatest for the past 28 years. Idukki dam has stored 83.03 % water of their total capacity. Chiyampara, Thadiyambadu, Priyadarshinimedu, Kunjithanni, Malayinji near Thodupuzha are the places which are affected the most. Chief minister Oommen Chandy has visited the affected places in Idukki and made a meeting along with the senior police officers for finding out some solutions for this tragedy. Oommen Chandy avoided his visit to Idukki Hill Station due to the tragedy in Chiyampara. Due to continuous rain and as Edamalayar dam is also opened, Ernakulam district experienced rapid hike in water level.
Kochi International Airport has created history by becoming the first airport to close its runways as it is completely filled with water. A total of 56 airline services have been banned. After 40 years it is for the first time the Periyar water level has rose to maximum. In Trivandrum, Neyyar dam opened its 4 shutters up to 1 inch and people nearby are also warned. The rain has also spoiled the Karkidaka Vavubali arppanam as overflowed periyar has completely covered up Aluva Shiva temple. There are also some damages done for Aranmula Parthasarathi temple. Water level of Mullapperiyar dam has jumped to 134 feet which is about 98.53% of the total capacity of the dam. The weather report is that in some parts of Kerala there will be rain for many days and people are advised to vacate from prone areas.