Chennithala seeks judicial inquiry into ‘dam disaster’ – UKMALAYALEE

Chennithala seeks judicial inquiry into ‘dam disaster’

Friday 31 August 2018 2:57 AM UTC

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Aug 31: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala has termed the recent massive flood in Kerala as dam disaster and sought a judicial inquiry into facts that led to it.

“In facing the flood, revenue department committed major lapses. The department was a total failure in coordinating rescue and relief operations.

The electricity department was like a headless camp. Minister K Raju should have avoided his German trip. The government should have called in army earlier so that the number of casualties would have been less.

We sought army help not to replace the government but to speed up rescue operations,” Chennithala said.

Ramesh Chennithala said that no alert was given at dams except Cheruthoni dam before opening them. “There was no alerts in Aluva, Kaladi, Perumbavoor, Paravur, Chalakkudy, Vaikom and Chengannur.

The district collector himself has said that opening of Banasura dam without warnings was a mistake. The flaw in dam management and government lapses had resulted in the flood.”