Kerala floods

Battling a deluge

Print edition : September 14, 2018

An aerial view of the flood-hit areas of Kerala on August 11. Photo: PTI

Rescue operations being carried out in Kochi on August 18. Photo: PTI

A view of the landslide at Ambayathodu near Kottiyur in Kannur on August 16. Photo: pti

A newly built house in Kozhikode that was nearly washed away by flash floods on August 9. Photo: K. Ragesh

Army personnel evacuate local residents at Aluva on August 17. Photo: AFP

Navy soldiers during a rescue operation on August 17 in Kerala. Photo: REUTERS

A family shifts from its flooded home in the upper Kuttanad village of Niranom on August 15. Photo: Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala at a relief camp in Ernakulam district on August 11. Photo: AFP

At a relief camp in Nattakom. Photo: pti

In a resolute display of resilience, Kerala’s government and civil society come together to face the challenge posed by the devastation caused by the “flood of the century”, but as the floodwaters recede, issues such as land reclamation, rapid urbanisation and hill degradation come to the fore.

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