Imagine yourself in a waist-high water-logged room of your house that once was your sweet escape. But now there seems to be no escape from this situation, hindering your routine, no availability of clean water, food or mobility. To top it, there is a constant fear of reptiles in the flood drenched area. This was a reality, in fact even worse for our fellow citizens in Kerala.
The end of July was the period of a bane for Kerala, the state faced the worst floods of the centuries. Costing lives of more than 400 people and unaccountable loss of wildlife. The disaster left more than a million people in distress.
The Union Govt. declared it a Level 3 Calamity and SOS alerts were released throughout the state. Out of the 42 dams, 35 of the dams were opened within the state. It is the first occurrence in the recorded history that all overflow gates of Idukki dam were opened at the same time.
The State received 310 mm (12 inches) of rainfall in just 24 hours, which lead to rising water-level in all the dams to ultimately, overflow level. Most affected regions were in the Ecologically-sensitive-zones. These were the low lying areas near the dams that were to be overflown.
Several researchers are calling it a “man-made calamity” having seen the neglect of the recommendation and directions of the environmental policy for landslide and flood. However, we can not attribute the single event to Climate Change but the fact that Rain was the major cause for the dams to go overflow can not be discarded.
Rising temperatures have led to huge fluctuations in the wind carrying the moisture to central to the western ghats of India arising from the Arabian Sea. This was estimated to last two to three days and result in heavy to extreme rain.
Massive casualties, schools being closed for days, tens of thousands of people stranded at Cochin International Airport due to the flooded runway, the harrowing list goes on. This incident should and must be eye-opening for the central & state authorities and local bodies to develop a robust Environmental Policy to tackle these kinds of disastrous events.
India, being a flag-bearer of the innovative technology, why can’t we set up a real-time monitoring network of Environmental Conditions and Weather? Why don’t we already have a system in place to proactively monitor our weather and environment in whole?
At Oizom, we are passionate about the Real-Time Environmental Data Acquisition of different environmental parameters. We are the leaders in Automatic Weather Stations. Our AWS measures various critical weather parameters such as Rainfall Monitor, Flood Monitor, Light, and UV radiation sensor, Wind Speed and Wind Direction sensor, Temperature and Humidity. The data from these sensors play a major role in the emergency response systems. Through continuous monitoring and setting alerts/notifications for when the threshold levels are breached, such disasters can be avoided, accurate and strong environmental policies can be created. Ultimately, protecting the lives of millions of people and animals alike.