Indian tourist hotspot, the state of Kerala has been struck by heavy monsoonal rains which has led to unprecedented flash flooding in the area.
At least 37 people have died since the rains began on Wednesday. Another 40, 000 people living in low lying areas have evacuated to 350 relief camps, since the rains caused landslides and overflowed reservoir.
At this time of the year, monsoon rains are expected in India. The area, located on the tropical Malabar Coast, is known for its network of peaceful waterways.
But this year’s rains seem to have extremely heavy therefore causing authorities to open shutters of water reservoirs so as to prevent potentially disastrous breaches.
“For the first time in history, 27 dams in the state had to be opened. Never before has the state witnessed a calamity of this scale.” Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayin explained in a statement to CNN.
Measures have been taken to help the people who fell victims to this disaster. Over 400 rescue workers from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed to help with the relief process. Members of the army, the navy and coast guards were also sent to assist.