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In photos: Kerala has been devastated by the worst floods in nearly 100 years

  • Sushma U N
By Sushma U N


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The southern Indian state of Kerala is reeling under the worst natural calamity it has faced in nearly a century.

Unusually heavy monsoon rains have left the state devastated, with landslides and flash floods killing nearly 40 people over the last one month. Thousands more across the state have been displaced.

Nearly 20,000 houses, and 10,000 kilometres of state roads are damaged, while the state government has estimated the financial cost of the disaster is at over Rs8,000 crore (over $1.2 billion), news agency ANI reported.

Following torrential rains, Kerala, for the first time in history, opened up all the gates of the Idukki reservoir dam built across River Periyar that flows through the state. This is one of Asia’s largest arch dams.

While the rain has let up over the last couple of days, the state remains under red alert as more rain is expected, and rescue teams from the army, navy, and air force, besides the National Disaster Response Force, have been deployed, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.

Here are some images of the devastation in Kerala:

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Inundation and landslide in Kozhikode, Kerala, on Aug. 09, 2018.
EPA-EFE/Prakash Elamakkara
A flooded street in Kochi, Kerala, on Aug. 10, 2018.
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Another flooded street in Kochi on Aug. 10, 2018.
EPA-EFE/Prakash Elamakkara
A submerged temple in Kochi on Aug. 09, 2018.
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Roads and houses flooded and hit by landslides in Kozhikode.
EPA-EFE/Prakash Elamakkara
A makeshift float in a flooded Kochi street on Aug. 10, 2018. The region is on high alert with schools and offices being closed.
EPA-EFE/Prakash Elamakkara
A view from Kochi on Aug. 09, 2018. Water levels have reached dangerous levels in rivers across Kerala.
Reuters/Sivaram V
Rescue personnel patrol the flooded River Periyar on the outskirts of Kochi on Aug. 10, 2018, after the opening of the Idamalayar and Cheruthoni dam shutters following heavy rains.

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