New Techniques to Avoid a Kerala Like Disaster

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Extreme rainfall events need not result in debilitating floods. With proper monitoring and forecasting disasters like Kerala may be avoided.

Abstract: Kerala has witnessed one of the most devastating floods in history. Many lives and livelihoods were lost in just a few days. To reduce future occurrences and the impact of such calamities, it is important that we focus on implementing and improving the measures that can offer greater resilience.

The author is a Research Group Leader at Water Risks and Disasters, International Water Management Institute,
Sri Lanka.