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In the year 2018, during the month of August, all of us saw another face of our mother earth The state of Kerala witnessed 15% increase in rainfall and the misfortune of unexpected flood followed The state was also not prepared for such a mega scale of disaster since we have not experienced or expected a similar one in recent past Apart from the loss of large number of human lives and livestock, we have witnessed small and large landslides which resulted in immense loss on the state’s infrastructure, while many roads, bridges thousands of houses where damaged or washed away in the avalanche of water and soil The ecosystem damage is beyond assessment It is a time for rethinking and introspection regarding our strategies in water management, development plans and construction activities which can affect the fragility of environment, especially, the huge constructions in ecologically sensitive area like Western Ghatts All these should be viewed in terms of prevention, preparedness and risk reduction, emergency management etc

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