As the 2019 floods in Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra revealed, extreme weather events is the 'new 'normal' and causes damage to both life and material assets. The mentioned states are especially vulnerable because they are situated in the Western Ghats, which is considered as an extremely ecologically fragile region. With the protection status of the Ghats in limbo due to vested interests, the damage caused to these areas, especially in Kerala and Karnataka, are all the more pronounced.
Shyama Kuriakose is Senior Project Fellow at Vidhi Center for Legal Policy. Authors views are personal.