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Flood and fury in the Western Ghats

More than 90 people have been consumed by the Kerala floods. Over 35,000 people in Wayanad have moved to relief camps numbering around 200. Extreme weather events have become the norm for most Indian states. The time has come to direct all energies to disaster prevention, rather than disaster management.

Till just the other day, the picturesque hillside village of Putthumala nestled in a tea plantation in Kerala’s Wayanad district. With its patches of meadows and stretches of terraced land, it was truly a place of serene beauty.

Putthumala does not exist anymore.

This habitat, once dotted by ...

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