Book / The Kerala Floods and Ecological Devastation in the Western Ghats

B., Viju. Flood and Fury: Ecological Devastation in the Western Ghats. New Delhi: Penguin India, 2019.
ISBN 9780143447610 / Paperback / 296 pages / INR 399

About the Book (edited): The floods that devastated large parts of Kerala in 2018 were not an isolated, freak phenomenon; rather, they signalled something graver—the ecological devastation of the Western Ghats.

Made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012, the Ghats have become increasingly vulnerable to serious ecological damage, threatening the sustenance of their people. The 2018 floods were a wake-up call for the region spanning 1600 kilometres and six states—Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat—that form an ecosystem older than the Himalayas.

Travelling in this region, documenting the devastating large-scale mining, quarrying, deforestation and mismanagement of water resources, at the same time mapping its culture, history and ecology, Viju B. investigates the crisis in the Western Ghats and suggests policy measures urgently required to mitigate it.

About the Author (edited): Viju B. is metro editor of the Times of India, Kochi. He reports chiefly on issues at the intersection of development, ecology and culture. In 2018, he extensively covered the Kerala floods, travelling to the worst-hit areas in the state.

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