Opinion | In Kerala, dammed if you do, dammed if you don’t
With the likelihood of extreme weather patterns increasing because of global warming, operational management of dams deserves equal importance
The rain in Kerala this monsoon has been relentless. From 1 June to the third week of August, the state received nearly 2,400 millimetres of rainfall—an excess of 41%. Thirteen of its 14 districts (except for Kasaragod in the north excess rainfall, with Idukki (+92%) and Palakkad (+72%) recording the highest deviations. In particular, two episodes of deluge—the first in June and the second in August—tipped the balance from normal to disastrous, with the excess rain being carried in torrents to the Arabian Sea by Kerala’s rivers.