Curation: When the vital element of life turns the killer

source: The Guardian

Sruthi V, Sravani and Sonam
They prayed for the scorching sun as it continued to rain for hours. The stock in the store room was almost exhausted. The house had a regular dosage of room sprays as the undried clothes hung around the closed rooms. These were the days of uncertainty as holidays weren’t meant to be enjoyed.
The monsoon season has become dreary as it has already claimed life of over 500 people across six states. The states affected are Kerala, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tripura and Bihar.

God’s own country calls for help
According to Deccan Herald, Kottayam in Kerala was the worst hit district. Alappuzha and Idukki were reported to be water-logged. Almost 34000 people were shifted to rehabilitation camps. A programme called ‘clean drive’ was launched recently in certain taluks to prevent the outbreak of communicable diseases including dengue and leptospirosis. Five areas in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts were hit by landslides. The state received a cumulative rainfall of about 1270mm. The centre has sanctioned Rs. 80 crore to Kerala as initial assistance to deal with the unprecedented rains and floods.

source: PTI

Boon or Bane?
According to Hindustan Times, heavy rains hit coastal districts of Dakshina Kanada and Udupi in Karnataka hitting normal life. Water also entered several factories in Baikampady industrial area, resulting in heavy losses.
However, the heavy rains have become a boon to the farmers in TN. The Stanley Reservoir in Mettur received huge inflows from Karnataka. Farmers are relieved as the samba crops could be harvested sooner as the copious rainfall gave them hope putting an end to the decades long dispute over the Cauvery water issue.

Source: India Today

Heavy rains in Maharashtra
According to The Indian Express, heavy rains across Maharashtra have led to the death of 62 people between June 1 and July 9Almost 15 bus routes were diverted and the NDRF helped 700 persons who were stranded in local trains and 300 caught in floods.

Fish swims inside ICU in Patna
According to India Today, patients at Patna’s Nalanda Medical College and Hospital were in for a big surprise when they found fish swimming inside the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) on Sunday.
The hospital, along with several other parts of the city, is flooded as the region is experiencing rains for the past few days. Nurses waded through water to care for patients.

source: Deccan Chronicle

Yamuna breaches danger mark
According to The Hindu, twenty-seven passengers’ trains have been cancelled and seven trains diverted due to the closure of the Old Yamuna Bridge in Delhi on Sunday evening with the water level in the river rising due to rains, a day after the flow breached the danger mark, officials said.

Many parts of the country have suffered in the floods and now it is time to find a solution. Water harvesting can be made mandatory in every house thus rejuvenating the ground water table.
Every drop of water matters. Hence check dams can be constructed at several sites which can aid at times of drought.