Murali flays Govt's incapability for Kerala floods
Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader K Muraleedharan alleged that the flood was turned into a huge disaster due to the incapability of the government. If the dams were opened slightly from the beginning, then opening all at a time could have been avoided. That was the reason for the disaster.
It was the Dam Safety Authority who was responsible to decide about the preparations to be taken if the water level rises. They did not get sufficient time for all that. The government was busy with discussion on the appointment of the 20th minister and what to give in return to the CPI. Meanwhile, the rain intensified and minister M. M. Mani wanted a trial run. But the minister for water resources opposed the move. The next step was opening all the dams at a time.
The chief minister had claimed that the places where no dam was opened also was affected by the flood. But the disaster occurred killing many here. When the chief minister returned on August 17, Kuttanadu was flooded. Not even the MLA visited there until the media reported.
Banasura Sagar dam was opened on August 7 and the alert was issued on 8th noon. At first, more people were shifted to relief camps in Wayanad. There are serious lapses from the part of the Dam Safety Authority. This is why we are demanding a judicial probe.
The lapses from the part of the government was revealed by three MLAs of the ruling party and one from the opposition. Saji Cherian, Veena George and Raju Abraham disclosed the lack of proper warning and coordination. Only V. D. Satheesan MLA among them belong to the opposition.
Even relief camps are not supplied with sufficient quantity of food. People died regardless of their caste and party. The UAE's act of humanity came as they are concerned to see Keralites, who worked for their welfare, going through a disaster. The centre provided only Rs 500 crore. When the UAE granted Rs 700 crore, they deny it because of negative interests.
The minister who returned from Germany convened a meeting without even calling an MLA from the flood-hit places. The action against an SI for not providing a pilot vehicle for minister A. K. Balan is not right. It was amidst the disaster relief activities. Those who lost houses should be provided at least Rs 15 lakh so that they can build a strong house to resist disasters. The houses that were damaged should be granted Rs 10 lakh, K. Muraleedharan demanded.