India - Flood strips Kerala food stocks by one-third, farmers lose Rs 13.57 billion

The day-to-day food needs of 45 million people are in jeopardy as Indian policymakers grapple with the gargantuan devastation in the state of Kerala. The floods there, dubbed the worst in the past 100 years, has left the state’s grocery basket bare by at least one third.

Union agriculture secretary Shobhana K Pattanayak has officially confirmed the report that damages in paddy, banana, spices and other crops in Kerala extent to 45,000 hectares.