• Monday, August 08, 2022

INDIA

After flood, tourism in India’s Kerala left mud-bound

(CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images))

By: Keerthi Mohan

More than a week after the floodwater began subsiding, animal carcasses are still floating in Kerala’s backwaters, and in places, a nauseating stench rises like a wall when the wake from a passing boat breaks the surface. These inland lagoons running parallel to the coast are one of the biggest tourist draws in India’s most southwesterly state, but the stain of death and devastation wrought by Kerala’s worst flood in a century will take longer than a season to wash away. The quaint towns and villages scattered between the lush forests and paddy fields bordering the backwaters are now communities…

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