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After the deluge, Kerala's next crisis: Dying earthworms
Baffling as the scene was, mass earthworm deaths have also been reported from other parts of Wayanad and Idukki districts. Scientists and the state government are worried, as earthworms maintain soil fertility, and their decimation so soon after the floods could mean another crisis. The last time earthworms died in such large numbers in Wayanad was in the summer of 2016, and experts say high soil temperatures could be the cause.
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