In August 2018, severe floods affected Kerala, due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season. It was the worst flood in Kerala in over a century. Twelve out of 14 districts suffered severe damages to houses, roads and agricultural lands. Overflowing rivers and water released from dams resulted in the loss of 483 lives and damages to properties and infrastructures worth thousands of crores. Thirty-five out of the fifty-four dams within the state were opened for the first time in the history. There were reports of landslides at many places leaving several hilly districts disconnected. Over 3,274 relief camps were opened in different locations to accommodate over 12.50 lac flood survivors. The flooding had also affected hundreds of villages, destroyed an estimated 10,000 km of roads; damaged or completed destroyed thousands of homes. The impact of the disaster was such that the State Government had to cancel one of the most celebrated festivals of Kerala - Onam, allocating the celebration funds to relief efforts.