Science Gaya Baadh Mein: What Really Caused the Kerala Floods?

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Science Gaya Baadh Mein: What Really Caused the Kerala Floods?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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he torrential rains in Kerala have finally calmed down, but the fallout from the floods will continue for months to come. As the state struggles to rebuild, donations have poured in from across the country. Many people, famous and otherwise, have managed to make it to the state’s disaster zones, providing flood victims with food, medicine, and aid supplies.

Still, not all public figures have been eager to give their time and money. Some have instead focussed their efforts on determining the cause of Kerala’s worst flooding in nearly a century – never mind that ecologists have been predicting exactly this catastrophe since 2011. Some bright minds know better than to blindly believe in meticulous research that cites climate change and poor management of dams and irrigation. According to them, here are the actual reasons for the floods, and what we should do about them.

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