Death toll crosses 100 as Kerala Floods continue to remain grim

August 17, 2018 2:26 PM |

Death toll crosses 100 as Kerala Floods continue to remain grim

Kerala floods have been wreaking havoc over the state. With death toll increasing each day by manifold, it has now reached to a whopping 106 by now. The most functional airport in Kerala, Cochin International Airport remains closed and more than 150000 people have become homeless.

Water was seen gushing down the streets in Kozhikode which led to a cut from road links. In fact, it also led to submergence of many villages. Talking about the rain activities, the last 24 hours have seen some kind of respite as compared to the hefty rains which were lashing the entire state during the last two to three days.

During the last 24 hours from 8:30 am on Thursday, Ernakulam witnessed 121 mm of rainfall, Palakkad saw 105 mm rains, Thrissur 139 mm, Kottayam 93.6 mm, Punalur 97.9 mm, Kozhikode 55.2 mm, and Thiruvananthapuram 30.4 mm.

Incessant rains over Kerala has saturated the belt i.e. dams are full to the brim, so much so that almost all of them have opened for releasing the pressure out of these dams, rivers continue to breach their banks, and the soil is completely loose and soft. Any amount of rain is detrimental for these pockets.

Due to opening of dams, water inundation continues over the state, heavy rains in catchment areas are also wreaking havoc. Inflow of water is more than the outflow. Models are indicating that rains are expected some kind of slowdown in rainfall activity during the next 24 hours. However, moderate rains with isolated heavy showers will continue.

However, due to the massive inflow of water which continues and the continuation in dam outflow, water will continue to cause more inundation resulting in the flood condition remaining grim. Rains may further reduce after 24 hours, which may cause rainwater to take a backseat at least.

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