Kerala Floods

Dams in distress

Print edition : September 28, 2018

The northern part of Kochi looks like a huge wetland, with the flooded Vembanad lake submerging most human habitations. Photo: Thulasi Kakkat

A view of the Cheruthoni dam on August 10 as the water level continued to rise. Photo: PTI

A view of Cheruthoni town on August 14 from near the Idukki dam after the shutters of the dam were opened to release water into the Periyar river. Photo: H. Vibhu

Amid accusations that the Kerala floods were a man-made disaster, it is important to take a close look at the structural limitations of the State’s river basins and other issues such as topography, water and power needs, and extreme event predictions.
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