Twenty two people are known to have died and several more are missing following a series of landslides and flash floods across Kerala State in India on Thursday 9 August 2018. Ten people are reported to have died in Idukki District, five in Malappuram District, two in Kannur District and one in Wayanad District, with details of the other fatalities not yet released. The incidents have been caused by heavy rains associated with the Southwest Monsoon, which lasts from May to September in Kerala.
The aftermath of a landslide in
Many of the worst ht areas were along the banks of the river Idamalayar, where water was released from the Idamalayar Dam at an increased rate after floodwaters threatened to overstress the dam. Waters on the Ikkudi Dam are also reported to be dangerously high, and water will probably also be released from this dam in the near future.
Water being released from the Ikkudi Dam in Kerala on 8 August 2018. Etemaad.
Diagrammatic representation of wind and rainfall patterns in a tropical monsoon climate. Geosciences/University of Arizona.
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