It pours red in Kerala

Published: Friday 31 August 2001

parts of Kerala have recently received red coloured rain. The first incident of the coloured rain was reported from Chaganasseri district, followed by many others. Scientists from the Thiruvananthapuram-based Centre for Earth Science Studies (cess) have come up with many theories about its causes. Soon after the incident they tested the rainwater and concluded that the phenomenon was a result of a 'meteor burst'. But later they retracted this statement when other researchers pointed out the presence of biological contents in the rainwater.

An analysis by the Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute, Pacha Palode, revealed the presence of organic material such as fungal spores in the rain's samples. "Many questions still remain unanswered," said M Baba, director of cess . Soon after the incident, local people had blamed the recent collapse of many wells for the rain's colour. About 175 wells have caved in since the onset of monsoons in the state.

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