August brought a literal flood of torrential rain
to the southern state of Kerala and the Kodagu district of Karnataka. Even opening the shutters of the Idukki dam after 26 years could not stop the 164 percent excess rainfall that month. Overall, the region’s monsoon rainfall has been 42 percent higher than usual
This unprecedented rainfall has led to death, displacement and destruction which will take years to rebuild. Rescue operations continue in Kerala while the government is in talks for international loans; Kodagu, on the other hand is stumbling back to normality
as people start making their way out of relief camps.
In addition to assistance from the central and state governments, private companies and organizations rally for monetary and material relief. It is possible to donate to the relief effort here.