Kerala disaster- What We Can Do!
Heartening to see Humanity break barriers to help Kerala when it’s struggling to heal itself after the destruction caused by furious floods.
Floods played havoc with God’s own country and bewildered we are. The floods are bigger than the infamous floods of 1924 (Known as ‘The Great Flood of 99’– 99 for Malayalam year 1099). Kerala is sandwiched between the Western Ghats on the eastern side and Arabian sea on the west. A large number of rivers originate from western ghats, flow through Kerala and end up in the Arabian sea. Dams are many, most of them are in the Periyar River which starts from Idukki and flows through Ernakulam before ending up in the Arabian sea.
Natural calamities don’t always come with a warning, else Kerala would have prepared in advance; better than any other state of India.
What caused Kerala floods:
1) Heavy rains caused by temperature difference between Bengal sea and Arabian sea. The air from the Arabian sea made an effort to cross the Western Ghats and a part of it reached Bengal sea. Other part struck in the western ghats and caused heavy rainfall and flooding in Kerala
2) There are many dams in Kerala and most of them are built on Periyar River which starts from Idukki and flows through Ernakulam before ending up in the Arabian Sea.
The incessant rains forced the authorities to open the gates of these dams.
3) Human activities like encroachments, cutting of trees in abundance, mining etc has already reduced the safety of Kerala region.
4) There was a part mistake by the authorities. Shutters of dams were not opened till the eleventh hour. They said that the reservoirs usually get filled up the brim every season and they never find the necessity to open the dam gates.
However, nature was not so kind this year.
Now the question is what we can do!
Kerala is our neighbouring state who has experienced a heavy disaster. Though the rains have stopped pouring, the rehabilitation of people is the major challenge before authorities. Let’s hold our brother Kerala’s hand and try our best to rebuild the state. Sharing here some important links where you can contribute.
II) Contribute to CM’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF)
III) Donate Online
Account number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFS Code: SBIN0070028
Name of Donee: CMDRF
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