Assembly discusses floods : VS blames govt, Restore Munnar’s fragile ecology, he demands

Thiruvananthapuram : A special session of the Legislative Assembly began at 9 am in the capital today to discuss recent floods that devastated the state and displaced more than a million people.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan began the day’s proceedings with a statement on enormity of the disaster.

As per official figures 483 people lost their lives in flood and rain-related incidents and 140 were left hospitalised, he cited.

Meanwhile Congress legislator VD Satheesan singled out faulty dam management as cause of what he described to have been a ‘man-made disaster’.

Foremer chief minister and Kerala Administrative Reforms Council chairman VS Achuthanandan spoke in similar vein, blaming policy lapses on part of govt that ultimately led to unprecedented flooding.

He also took the opportunity to recall Munnar eviction drive and said these times should drive home the urgency to resume that campaign and evict encroachers from the ecologically fragile land.

He further blamed the state for its lack of scientific approach to Madhav Gandgil report on Western Ghats Ecology.


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