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A century and a quarter after Swami Vivekananda's rousing speech to the World Parliament of Religions in 1893, the World Hindu Congress has declared its objective to re-connect the 1.1 billion Hindus worldwide with their common heritage and their spiritual link to people of all other denominations.
What actually caused the recent devastating floods in Kerala? This was the worst ever in Kerala since 1924 or what is popularly remembered as the 'big floods' of 99 (according to Kolla Varsham or Malayalam era it is year 1194).
Past one week Kerala received unprecedented rains resulting in landslides and floods all over the state. According to the meteorological department, the cumulative rainfall in Kerala, the southwest monsoon between June 1st and August 15th was 2,087.67 mm, a departure of nearly 30% from the normal 1,606.05 mm rainfall.