Kerala suffers worst-in-a-century floods

Torrential monsoon rains set off landslides and massive flooding in the Indian state of Kerala this summer. Almost 500 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands left homeless. Lowlands along the coast, criss-crossed with rivers, canals, and palm-lined lagoons, were largely submerged, with villages along the Pampa river particularly hard hit. As floodwaters recede, Keralites now face serious economic impacts and health risks, particularly from unsafe drinking water.

Images courtesy of Planet Labs, 8/22/18 and 4/27/18. Coordinates 9.33N, 76.56E. Bottom row indicates water identified via the NDWI algorithm.

Edward Boyda