KERALA FLOODS 2019
Monsoon rains have wreaked havoc in Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Assam, Odisha and eastern part of India. Approximately 22 people have lost lives in floods in Kerala alone, and over 10,000 people have been evacuated to safe areas. Approximately 27 people have drowned in Maharashtra. In Karnataka, nine people have drowned while over 44,000 people have been displaced. Incessant rains have also triggered flooding in several parts of Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Gurajat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal, leading to major devastation. The Kerala government has issued a red alert in the wake of excess rainfall. The Kochi International airport has suspended all operations till Sunday as the runway area in the airport is water logged due to flood. The Kerala government has declared holiday for the day for all schools. Wayanad, Kozhikode and Idukki are the most-affected districts. The Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been called to rescue people stuck in flood-prone areas. Kerala had also seen the worst floods in a century in 2018, in which over 417 people lost lives and several went missing.
Every year thousands of people are displaced, and hundreds die due to Floods in different parts of India, we discuss some of the greatest floods in India.
15 Worst Ever Floods in India Over Last Decade
Flooding occurs during the time of heavy rainfall in India and causes large amount of damages and deaths. India witnesses flood due to notably recorded rainfalls, overflow of rivers and dams.
2018 Kerala Floods
2018 Kerala floods is a big disasters, more than 36,000 people displaced across the state and 445 people died, In addition to all the 5 gates of the Idukki Dam were opened for the first time in history.
It was the worst flooding in Kerala and had been directly affected all 14 districts of the state
2017 Mumbai Flood
2017 Mumbai flood was the second worst regional flooding in Mumbai and can be compared with the 2005 floods. Due to climate change Mumbai received 468 mm of rainfall in twelve hours.
2017 Gujarat Flood
2017 Gujarat flood was occurred due to heavy inflow to Dharoi Dam and Dantiwada Dam, along with neighbouring state of Rajasthan.
2017 West Bengal Floods
Cyclone Komen was responsible for more rain in July and caused dangerous floods in West Bengal along with neighbouring state of Jharkhand.
2017 Bihar Flood
2017 Bihar flood was result of water discharge into the Himalayan rivers of Gandak and Kosi (Sorrow of Bihar). The state of Bihar is India’s most flood prone State and receives heavy rainfall in monsoon season.
2017 Northeast India Floods
The 2017 Northeast India floods was due to the overflowing of Brahmaputra river and affected 15 districts of Assam state.
2016 Brahmaputra Floods
Brahmaputra floods or 2016 Assam floods was affected 1.8 million people in India as well as wildlife of Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
2015 Chennai Floods
2015 South Indian floods mostly affected the Coromandel Coast region and particularly the city of Chennai. Chennai, Cuddalore and Chidambaram districts were among those most severely affected districts.
2015 Gujarat Flood
2015 Gujarat flood in June and July was part of the Gujarat cyclone and Amreli district was badly affected. Gir Forest National Park was severely affected and large number of cattle died in three districts.
2015 Assam Floods
2015 Assam floods was again due to the heavy rainfall and overflowing of Brahmaputra river. The flooding have caused numerous landslides and the region is possibly India’s most flood prone region.
2014 Kashmir Floods
2014 Kashmir Floods was partially affected 1000 villages of Jammu and Kashmir state and few city areas were submerged under water.
2013 North India Floods
2013 North India floods in Uttarakhand was a flash flood occurred due to heavy rainfall with floods and landslides, India’s most recent natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.
2012 Brahmaputra Floods
2012 Brahmaputra floods was again due to the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries, affected Kaziranga National Park.
2008 Bihar Flood
2008 Bihar flood was another most disastrous floods in the state and affected over 2.3 million people, killed 250 people.
2007 Bihar Flood
2007 Bihar flood was worst flood in Bihar in the last 30 years and had affected an estimated 10 million people. Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were the most affected state and worst flood in the living memory of Bihar.
The Government of India should look into this issue, as the frequency of Floods across the country has increased in the last decade. Some long term plans need to be made, and implemented at the earliest.