A month has gone by after the floods. But the shutters of almost 80 per cent of the 950 shops in Ranni market road are still down.
A month after the deluge, the main road along the Pampa at Aranmula continues to wear a deserted look.
For anyone who has been to Pampa before the floods, the sights here now are devastating.
This is for the fifth time Soman J, of Pandalam, is coming to Pampa along with his friends after floods destroyed the entire bank of Pampa.
Since he was born, C G Mathai, 75, has been living in his ancestral home on the banks of the Pampa at Perunad in Ranni.
Everyday from September 2, 72-year-old Sarasamma of Vadakkumbhagam walked up the steps of the SBI branch at Niranom where she has an account.
C N Pavithran has been running a stationery shop in the district panchayat building near the Cheruthoni bridge for years.
The 30-ft suspension bridge was a vital link for the 220 families of Porukanni till it disappeared in the deluge on August 17.
In Idukki’s hardest-hit areas, including the stretch from Vallakkadavu to Mlamala where a majority of plantation workers live, more than one in four households live in poverty.
Farmers in Vellathooval, a quaint village in the suburbs of Munnar, were hoping for good yield after two consecutive years of deficit rain.
Driving through the winding ghat road from Neriamangalam to Munnar, tonnes of earth and trees sent tumbling down by a series of landslips welcome the odd visitor to the hill station.
According to the Disaster Management State Control Room, the rains and floods have claimed 491 lives since May 29 while 14 persons remain missing.
Union Health Minister J P Nadda said he would evaluate with the state government the rehabilitation and rebuilding work being carried out in the affected areas.
The findings would be taken into consideration while finalising projects for the state's sustainable development, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
A senior officer said it has chalked out a set of plans to send a message to the outside world that Kerala has bounced back from the flood.
The details of the water sources will be collected using mobile application.
To take stock of the status of mental health among the survivors the Health Department is planning to come out with a year-long project in flood-hit areas.
The sources said that the report is based on analysis of dam-related data generated during the period of heavy rainfall.
A statement issued by the District Information Office said 1,804 km of roads in the district were damaged in the flood.
Bureaucrats said the state government’s key weather-related decisions including the opening of dam shutters, evacuation of people, etc are guided based on the forecast of IMD among other things.