Flood-affected areas of Chengannur in Kerala’s Alappuzha district are seen from a Navy helicopter on August 19, 2018.

In August 2018, Kerala experienced one of its worst monsoons, with incessant rains devastating several homes and establishments, killing over 450 people and displacing thousands. All districts were placed on red alert and the Government of India declared the floods a “calamity of severe nature”. Major airports were temporarily closed, the tourism industry came to a standstill. Funds from the Centre, other States and donations in the form of cash and relief material from the general public in India and other countries helped the State limp back to normal.

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