Thiruvanantpuram: Attacked the left government in Kerala, the opposition Congress on Wednesday alleged that the devastated floods in the state that claimed 231 lives were the result of mismanagement of dams.
Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala called the floods a 'man-made' disaster and demanded a judicial probe into the decisions taken. The opposition said that had the water from dams be released a couple of months earlier, the flood could have been averted.
They said that what led to mismanagement was 'greed' and that the guilty must be punished.
Denying any wrongdoing, the Kerala State Electricity Board officials said: "There is no greed involved in not releasing waters." They said that the decision was taken in consultation with officials of the disaster management team.
The floods in Kerala, worst in a century, have claimed lives of 231 people in the last 10 days besides rendering over 14 lakh people homeless.
The ministry of home affairs had on Monday declared the floods a "severe calamity" and clarified that there is no provision to declare any calamity as national calamity under the Disaster Management Act.