Geneva: An international report in its recent study said that the floods in Kerala were the worst of its kind in the world in 2018. The report published by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) listed Kerala floods as fourth among the global disasters to have faced a huge financial loss.
About 54 lakh people were affected and 223 dead by the recent floods which was the worst disaster Kerala has witnessed after the floods in 1924. The report also stated that Kerala suffered a financial loss of Rs 30,000 crore (430 crore US dollars). Around 14 lakh people were evacuated from their houses. Meanwhile, 483 people were reported dead by the state.
Kerala is followed by Japan, Korea, Nigeria and Pakistan in the list of human devastation by disasters. The most financial damage was created by Hurricane Florence which hit US in September. A loss amounting to Rs 35,000 crore was reported.
The floods that hit Japan in June – July claimed the lives of 230 people while more than 100 people were reported dead in the floods that hit Nigeria in September.
In North Korea, 76 people died and 75 people were reported missing in the floods. The heat wave in Pakistan killed 65 people.
Kerala suffered more loss in the floods than the loss suffered by India during the heavy rains and floods in 2017. The Central Water Commission in a report estimated a loss of Rs 18,279 crore, including the damage to houses and agriculture in India last year. While in Kerala, the floods of 2018 created a damage of Rs 20,000 crore as reported by the commission.
But the World Bank, UN and the state government reported more loss than what the commission opined. A report prepared by World Bank and UN calculated a loss Rs 31,000 crore.