Accumulated plastic waste collecting
The recent extended spell of rain in Kerala has made havoc in many river beds. Cloud burst and heavy rain lashed out at high ranges of Manimala and Meenachil River led to serious losses to the residents of the locality.
Relentless showers have raised concerns over climate change in Kerala. It is assumed from the available studies that microclimatic changes have triggering and intensifying impacts on the monsoon. And the recent IPCC reports say that India will see even more precipitation and more frequent and intense heatwaves in the years to come because of global warming.
Cloudburst and associated flash floods at Pathanamthitta and Kottayam Districts in Kerala resulted in water level rise at Pamba, Manimala, Meenachil Rivers, etc. This has affected the river hydrology extensively and fractured many ecosystems, especially at Manimala River. After the heavy rain, the Manimala River has dried up excessively. This has negatively affected the aquatic ecosystem and riverine ecosystem. TIES halted conservation programs after the disasters.
Now it is planned to restart conservation activities, imbibing disaster management principles. Initiatives through local schools and colleges began, with awareness campaigns, cleaning drive, improving riparian vegetation, and restoring native fish diversity. A major intervention for providing livelihood support to the communities in the disaster-prone areas, also on the anvil.