Kerala, the southern most state of India is used to have one of the most disciplined weather seasons.
The monsoon, known as ‘South West Monsoon’ used to arrive first in India in the state, on the first of June. Ironically, that’s the first day of school for the new year.
It used to be somber sight to see waves of coloured umbrellas, moving along roadsides, hoping to protect the new dresses, bags and shoes of the lovely schoolchildren.
But it’s all changed now! The rains don’t arrive on June first. Worse, like this year, it took well into July for the heavens to open.
The land, people, the flora and fauna are all ready to receive and absorb various climate situations, which are very well orchestrated by the nature.
But it’s not so when the rhythm is upset. The late monsoon, when arrived in excess, upset the equilibrium.
Like one expert puts it “the total seasonal supply of rain, when arriving in just three days, make the earth a water bomb”
This is the apt definition for Urul Pottal.
And most of the losses of lives and damage during the current floods are due to the Urul Pottal.
There’s no warning systems or preventive steps available for this disaster, other than that it can occur unexpectedly in extreme rains.
Perhaps a detailed study and solutions like constructing strong storm water drains are urgently required.