KERALA: During the debate at a special one-day session of the Assembly to discuss the relief and rehabilitation measures underway to overcome the disaster caused by floods, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan claimed that 483 lives and 15 people are still missing in the rain floand landslides across the state.
Opening the debate Vijayan said that at the height of the floods, the worst to hit the state in a century, there were 14.50 lakh people in relief camps. The latest figure is there are 59,296 people in 305 relief camps.
A total of 57,000 hectares of agriculture crops have been destroyed. An approximate estimate of the loss is more than the annual outlay of our state,” the Chief Minister added.
Hitting hard at the government, senior Congress legislator V.D. Sateeshan, whose constituency Paravur in Ernakulam district was submerged in flood and dam waters, called it a man-made tragedy. This is not a natural calamity, instead a man-made tragedy due to the faulty handling of the dam water management the Congress leader said.