News By/Courtesy: Srinath Sambangi | 11 Sep 2018 13:20pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It has been a matter of three weeks since Kerala was affected with one the worst floods in the recent times.
  • Now it’s witnessing phenomena where the water levels of the river basins are slowly drying up.
  • An autonomous research institute under the State Government has claimed that this is due the heavy run off of the topsoil in upland areas.

It has been a matter of three weeks since Kerala was affected with one the worst floods in the recent times and now it’s witnessing phenomena where the water levels of the river basins are slowly drying up and the water in the rivers are sharply declining. The bed of the river Bharathapuzha has been visible at many places so far. The falling water level could trigger a drought-like situation in the state according to a few experts and they said that it will be accelerated in case the north-east monsoon fails which is scheduled to come later this year

 A.B Anita, the executive director for Centre of Water Resources Development Management, an autonomous research institute under the State Government has claimed that this is due the heavy run off of the topsoil in upland areas and the situation that is arising now is the direct consequence of the run-off. She further stated that the topsoil has been removed due to the flash floods that have occurred last month and due to this, it reduced the capacity to digest the rainwater. She went onto state that ecological destruction and harmful land usage have contributed to the run-off water.

 Ms. Anita recommends a thorough investigation specific to its geographic location to able to figure out the exact reason behind this occurrence.

Section Editor: Priyanshu Gupta | 11 Sep 2018 13:48pm IST


Tags : #India#Environment#Kerala Flood

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