Denoted as the worst and devastating flood since 1924, the heavy rain had stolen hundreds of life and wealth in Kerala. From June all most all the states in Kerala experienced continuous rain which isolated thousands of families from the outer world. The rage of rain severely affected many regions in Kerala but Wayanad got the major blow. Beyond rain and flood, Wayanad faced numerous landslides which increased the rate of loss. The picturesque geography and vegetations were tampered by the rain and landslide. Experts are analyzing the exact consequences of floods in Wayanad so that it can re-emerge as the unique hotspot for tourists. This article describes some of the major effects of the flood in Wayanad and its struggle for renovation.
The name ‘Wayanad’ is believed to be originated from ‘vayal nadu’ which means village of paddy fields. Rather than fields, this district’s geography is defined by hills. According to news reports, these hills had been hit by more than 200 geographical events. That includes landslide and disfiguring of slopes. For years, many residents along with tribes and aboriginals built their life around these hills. In such areas, nature’s fury started from the beginning of August. Many Houses were completely wiped out by the unexpected mudslide. The basement of hills is carved out in many areas. According to experts, Wayanad’s geographical conditions are still vulnerable to the next monsoon.
Like in any post-flood situation the life of common people was treacherous in Wayanad. Basic amenities like water and electricity were cut short due to heavy rain. Authorities purified the wells and other water sources contaminated by the flood. Now rural areas will have to reconstruct basic living condition, which is already in process. Many homes along the banks of Kabani River have washed away and people are expecting supporting hand from government. Some families are continuing in the temporary camps set up by local authorities because they have nowhere to go. Some houses still remain in the heavy hit areas of the flood. But such houses are at the edge of collapse even in a slight earthquake. The middle class and upper-class homes still maintain their healthy posture. But electronic devices and vehicles are completely destroyed in such resides too.
Due to its unique geographical structure, Wayanad doesn’t have a railway line. This made the scenario worse in the flood time. When roads were broken, blocked or completely washed away this district were strangled between the distresses. Wayanad pass, which connects plain to hills, was totally blocked due to landslides. The degenerating condition of ‘Thamarassery churam’ road is a blow to goods and common transport. Since the blocks are removed and controlled traffic is back, Wayanad is again starting to breathe. Even at the time of heavy rain, KSRTC initiated shuttle services. With the improvement in transportation, Wayanad is rolling back to its normal life.
Tourism is the backbone of Wayanad’s economy. When roads were blocked due to numerous landslides and rivers became violent, tourism sector also felt the pressure. But authorities took utmost care to pick up the tourists from dangerous spots when the first alarm was blown. Tourism resorts and other public and private organizations are hard-working to bring back Wayanad from the calamity. With the help of local people and government, Wayanad tourism en route to its lost glory. Continuous campaigns are again attracting tourists to the sightseeing destinations. Famous historical spots like Edakkal caves and pookode Lake are again feeling the rush of happy visitors. If this trend continues Wayanad tourism will overcome its huge revenue loss in months. But still, a large amount of money is needed for the restoration of basic infrastructure. So it’s your turn to visit Wayanad.