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by Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences
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Jan 19, 2021

Unexpected rains created havoc to paddy farmers; timely emergency support helped prevent devastation

Inundated Paddy fields and clogged Velloor Thodu
Inundated Paddy fields and clogged Velloor Thodu

Rain in the month of January is an extremely unusual event in the climatic history of Kerala State,India. Kerala is normally known to have typical monsoonal climatic condition. The months from January to April is the summer season that is occasionally accompaniedwith erratic showers. In these past few weeks of January 2021, Kerala has received 73.1mm of rain during the very first week of January and this stands as the highest record during the last 71 years. The extraordinary rain created havoc for the farmers growing paddy, mango and vegetables in low lying areas.

Puncha (rice growing season of Kerala: November to March) cultivation of paddy in Meenachil Riverbed has recently now commenced after a little delay, and thousands of hectaresof paddyfields has got inundated beneath the rainwater. Rice saplings that are aged on an average 16-30days, are still submerged beneath the flood water in many areas.

TIES being in the forefront for the Meenachil River Rejuvenation Project responded immediately and rushed a Team into the fields of Kottayam District and extended every possible support to the farmers. The water from about 350 hectares of paddyfields drains through a main rivulet Velloor Thodu, which was blocked due to uprooted vegetation, weeds and a huge portion of plastic waste. TIES team:

  1. Helped the farmers to drain out the rainwater from the fields as quickly as possible.
  2. Blockages (like plastic waste, uprooted vegetation, etc.) were separated manually
  3. Activated the pumping system.

Rejuvenation of all-natural drainages is the lasting and permanent solution for the issue. TIES is also working collaboratively with the State Government too for other convergence projects.

Manually removing clogged wastes
Manually removing clogged wastes
Activated pumping system
Activated pumping system
Draining off water from Paddy Fields
Draining off water from Paddy Fields
Rejuvenated Velloor Thodu & Paddy Fields
Rejuvenated Velloor Thodu & Paddy Fields
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Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences

Location: Kottayam, Kerala - India
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Punnen Kurian
Kottayam, Kerala India
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