Vishnu Varma

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Vishnu Varma is a correspondent for the Indian Express in Kerala.

‘After our lives, who’s gonna take this forward’: Floods intensify fears of Chendamangalam’s hand-loom weavers
Wed, Sep 12, 2018

The floodwaters devoured their homes and their factory, knocking aside centuries-old wooden looms, sinking fabric worth lakhs of rupees and in the process, bringing their livelihoods to a virtual halt.

Kerala floods: Govt begins massive exercise to replace lost documents, certificates
Wed, Sep 12, 2018

Kerala floods: A pilot project in the form of an ‘adalat’ (forum) took off at the panchayat office in Kunnukara village in Ernakulam district, one of the severely-affected in the state.

Out of Chendamangalam’s damaged handlooms emerges Chekutty, the doll of hope
Mon, Sep 10, 2018

In Chendamangalam, a village in Kerala home to centuries-old hand-loom textiles which got ravaged by the recent floods, 'Chekutty', a hand-made doll fashioned out of sullied fabric, is emerging as a symbol of hope and unity.

Bharat Bandh in Kerala: Near-complete shutdown, public transport remains off road
Mon, Sep 10, 2018

The leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala rode a bullock cart in the heart of Kochi along with other leaders near the Congress party office in the city. In Thiruvananthapuram, former chief minister Oommen Chandy walked, backing the call for a national strike.

Here’s probably why Kerala stood second in recording of Sec 377 cases in 2016
Sat, Sep 08, 2018

A senior police officer in Kerala attributed the high number of cases to the application of the said section in Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act cases. Section 377 is often applied to strengthen the charges against the accused in POCSO cases, he said.

Queerala member: Legal change without social change isn’t very effective
Fri, Sep 07, 2018

Rajashree R, a Malayali bisexual woman, a board member at Queerala, said, "I know legal change without social change isn't very effective... I don't know if this change in law alone would be enough to convince their parents to let them live their lives happily."

Watasale, India’s first autonomous retail store, opens in Kochi, gets funding offer from Japan
Thu, Sep 06, 2018

The store offers shoppers a unique ‘checkout-free’ experience using a combination of advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, sensor fusion and computer vision.

How floods broke the backbone of plywood factories, rice mills in Kerala
Wed, Sep 05, 2018

The flood-impact to the plywood business in Perumbavoor, which has, over decades, supported a strong timber-based economy, comes on the heels of the adverse effects of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the ban on high-value currency notes in 2016.

Ecologist Madhav Gadgil on Kerala floods: Prima-facie evidence of unscientific dam management should be examined
Sun, Sep 02, 2018

There has been a severe criticism of the manner in which the gates of major dams like Cheruthoni, Mullaperiyar and Idamalayar were opened simultaneously to release massive amounts of water into rivers like the Periyar which subsequently inundated regions like Aluva and Paravur.

When a government school in Kerala reopened after the floods
Thu, Aug 30, 2018

On Wednesday, as per government directions, the school reopened after a fortnight of raging floods and the subsequent Onam-Bakrid vacation.

For Assamese workers in Kerala, familiarity with floods back home came in handy
Wed, Aug 29, 2018

Owners of small and medium-scale industries in these areas have to spend the next few weeks on concentrated cleaning and then running from pillar-to-post in search of government compensation and bank lending.

Rahul tells people at flood relief camp in Kerala: You are not alone, Congress helping in its limited way
Wed, Aug 29, 2018

Rahul Gandhi was addressing an audience of nearly 200 men, women and children at the St Francis Assissi school in Athani who have faced the terrible consequences of the floods which have claimed more than 300 lives in Kerala.

Thousands of volunteers flow into Kuttanad for massive clean-up
Tue, Aug 28, 2018

Kerala floods: Kuttanad was one of the first regions in the state to be flooded in the heavy rains in the first week of August. As the water levels rose, lakhs of people were moved to nearby settlement camps at schools, colleges and auditoriums.

Rebuilding Kerala: Power cuts, damaged roads, destroyed houses and people fighting trauma
Sun, Aug 26, 2018

Kerala floods: The waters have receded, revealing the task ahead of Kerala to repair and rehabilitate. Vishnu Varma and Arun Janardhanan from worst-hit Idukki district, and Shaju Philip from Thiruvananthapuram take stock. 

Kerala floods: Before help came, Malayalees forgot differences to help each other like never before
Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Together, the villagers who probably didn't even know each other's names, stuck their necks out for each other, showing remarkable courage in the face of adversity.

Kerala floods: How these two women district collectors led the way in relief mobilisation
Tue, Aug 21, 2018

The roles of TV Anupama, district collector in-charge of Thrissur, and K Vasuki, of Thiruvananthapuram, in having a people-to-people connect during these trying times, is being praised on social media.

Kerala floods: In Manjaly, state of homes send people into shock, their confidence shattered
Tue, Aug 21, 2018

Abdul Salam says he exuded, for some reason, the rare confidence that his home, bigger than most in the neighbourhood, would never be flooded. Despite situated less than a kilometre from the Periyar, he had a firm belief the waters would leave him alone.

Kerala floods: Rain abates, focus now on relief
Mon, Aug 20, 2018

Kerala floods: Another 22,000 rescued; 9 lakh in camps; people begin to count their losses.

Kerala floods: Pastor donates land for people to bury dead
Sun, Aug 19, 2018

Samuel's token of help will come as a major relief for people in areas near Adoor who are finding it difficult to bury or cremate their near and dear ones.

Kerala floods: At Kochi’s massive flood supplies collection centre, volunteers say ‘keep it coming’
Sun, Aug 19, 2018

Outside the stadium, large military trucks, capable of moving through deep flood-waters, are parked waiting for supplies to be loaded. These trucks are primarily going towards the taluks of Aluva and Paravur which have been completely cut off from the rest of the district.

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