Monsoon threatens tourism in Kerala

Heavy Rain in Kerala

Heavy rainfall and increase in monsoon associated diseases have adversely affected the tourist inflow into the Kerala state. Tourism commerce sources said that the number of foreign and local visitors reaching in the state has dropped and this may be the worst time of the year for the monsoon tourism. This is occurrence regardless of several hotels proposing good discounts to woo tourists.

Summer monsoon rainfall is likely to gain foothold in Kerala in the next few days. Heavy rainfall in excess of 70 mm is anticipated at isolated places on the seashore. Thereafter, it will increase and cover the whole state. Moist westerly winds will be racing up to 45-55 km/ph in Kerala

Kerala, whose finances and ecology is very much connected to the monsoon rainfall, endured a 25 per cent shortfall in rainfall throughout the southwest monsoon and 35 per cent throughout the northeast monsoon last year. A drastic decrease in rainfall pushed the state that relies very strongly on electricity developed from hydro projects into the inferior power crisis of the later times.

Last year, the monsoon struck Kerala four days after the June 1 date. But general rainfall during the season was just 8 percent below normal, double-checking a bumper harvest of rice, enough cotton to support trade goods, and sugar output exceeding demand. The timely onset of the southwest monsoon bringing fairly good rainfall has come as a great relief to Kerala after it passed through an unusually soaring summer that initiated a bleak drought position and power crunch.

 

"The worst flood in a decade gripped the entire Kuttanad region in the district on Thursday. The Pampa, Achankovil and Manimala rivers are in spate and the water is flowing into region. The Alappuzha-Changanasserry (AC) road and its byroads were all flooded. Country boats are the only feasible mode of transport. The authorities were finding it difficult to transport essential items to the interior areas where relief camps were set up.

Ponnappan of ninth ward of Kainakary grama panchayat said the people living in relief camps would not be able to get the essential commodities as the roads to these areas were cut off.

“Some of the people in remote areas couldn’t reach the relief camps situated at a distance as they did not get hold of a country boat,” he said. The bus stop at Mahatma Junction in Kainakary has been submerged. The nearby houses are all flooded up to the front yard". (Source: The Hindu)

As many as 15 colonies, including the Kazhuppil colony, Ambedkar colony, Mundappally colony, and Alamthuruthy colony, in Upper Kuttanad got isolated.

 

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Local life is affected as many villages are flooded. As many as 15 colonies are isolated. Relief camps deprived from supply of essentials.
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