Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - The rains may have stopped for a while in Kerala, India, but after the worst monsoon in 95 years, with hundreds killed and thousands more stranded or crammed into relief camps, the real horrors of the flood are only beginning to be felt. Viral disease, snake bites, contaminated water, along with ruined infrastructure and lost homes, schools, businesses, and hospitals are among the tragic after-effects of this historic disaster. The geography of the region, beloved by tourists – and photographers -- for its beaches and tranquil backwaters (nearly 500 miles of lakes, rivers, inlets and canals), intensified the devastating effects of the torrential rains. Thirty-four out of 42 dams are full and have to be opened to avoid bursting, releasing even more water to the rain-soaked region. I’ve spent a lot of time shooting in Kerala and have great memories, such as the dip nets pictured here in Cochin. To help, my friends tell me the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund is collecting donations to help victims of the flooding.