Had the dam reservoirs in Kerala been emptied ahead of the onset of monsoon rains, damages from the floods would have been lower, shows analysis
New Delhi: Could the Kerala floods have been prevented? As the water recedes in Kerala this question will, and should, surface. Having killed at least 370 people, displaced 780,000 and caused ₹ 50,000 crore worth of damage, this is the worst flood Kerala has witnessed in nearly a century. Back in 1924, a combination of heavy rain and a breached dam triggered deadly floods that claimed 1,000 lives. In 2018, history may have repeated itself. Under relentless downpours, poor dam management may have aggravated the floods, raising questions about the role of dams in Kerala and other states.
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