IN the picturesque village of Mundakayam, near the Western Ghats, life moves at a leisurely pace. The village in Kottayam district sees a fair share of tourists.
K P Jebi, a bus driver from Mundakayam, had been unemployed since the lockdown began. As the government opened up tourism, Jebi was hopeful of working and earning again. But today he is one of the worst-affected victims of Kerala’s most recent deluge of rain and deadly landslides. His two-storey home toppled into the roaring floodwaters and disappeared within seconds. Now there is no sign his house ever stood there.
With increasing extreme weather events, residents in vulnerable areas are moving to safety. Presently, people from Mundakayam and neighbouring villages are staying in temporary camps. But for the long-term, many see migration as the only safe option.