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Kerala floods: Unpacking the reasons for heavy, sustained rainfall

Updated : August 15, 2019 07:51 PM IST

Could factors that powered extreme rainfall in the southern Indian state of Kerala in 2018, triggering the worst flood in a century in the country, be at play in the 2019 rainfall-induced devastation in the state?
A combination of factors, including topographic features of the Western Ghats mountains, working together, helped shape the torrential rains triggering the Kerala floods in August 2018, a study has found.
The study sheds light on factors such as the moisture content of air, orographic effect (lifting of moist air when it comes in contact with slopes) and depression over the Bay of Bengal, all of which played a role in making the rains deadly.
Kerala floods: Unpacking the reasons for heavy, sustained rainfall
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