Environmental disaster has struck Kerala once again. Unusually heavy rains have caused landslides in Kottayam and Idukki. By October 21, 42 deaths were recorded, and the monsoon is not yet in recess. Such a high loss of life must lead to a serious review of the land-use pattern in Kerala. With a population density of 860 persons/sq. km against an all-India average of 368 persons/sq. km (Census 2011), Kerala experiences very high pressure on the land. (Read More)
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