Kerala faced the devastating floods and landslides during the South West Monsoon that left 493 people dead and rendered lakhs of others homeless as the overflowing rivers swamped residential areas, drowing people in misery.

Houses crumbled and bridges collapsed as the flood gates of almost all reservoirs in the state had to be opened due to copious rains for days on end, virtually sinking vast swathes of the state.

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The Cochin International airport, one of the busiest in the country, had to shut down operations for nearly two weeks after swirling waters flooded the runway and other operational areas.A World Bank report pegged the losses caused by the floods at about Rs 21,000 crore.