Kerala counts flood losses: Taxes hit, libraries destroyed

(4 September 2018) The Kerala state government is staring at a significant dip in tax collection, and local communities in different places are mourning the destruction of tens of thousands of books in local libraries.

Libraries in various districts have also been badly hit by the floods. While students are attempting to dry their books and families are hoping to salvage their title deeds and identity cards from the slush and rubble of homes, libraries will find it difficult to save thousands of books that were submerged in the floods.

One report puts the number of libraries under the state library council, hit by the floods, at over 225. A few millions of books are estimated to have been lost, and in some places the library buildings have also been damaged.

Akhel Mathew, correspondent  of Gulf News India has the details.