Torrential rains and landslides have decimated farmlands and prompted massive evacuation efforts in Kerala, India — at least 37 people have lost their lives.
Crops on 1,031 hectares (2548 acres) have been damaged and over 54,000 homes have been evacuated, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority’s (KSDMA) control room in the state capital.
26,824 hectares (66,284 acres) of crops have been destroyed since the onset of the rain on May 29, a government official told Reuters.
And this video I think defines the rescue efforts in Kerala. A rescue official runs with a child just as the water starts gushing over the Cheruthoni dam. pic.twitter.com/dbOMw5UYt2
— Dhanya Rajendran (@dhanyarajendran) August 11, 2018
Kerala state authorities took the unprecedented step of opening the gates of 25 water reservoirs to prevent potentially disastrous breaches.
Heavy rains are forecast for all of next week.
India’s 2018 monsoon season has been the worst in terms of rainfall volume in history, with a record number of dams opening their gates.
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