Thiruvananthapuram : The government will never ever let down people who lost their family members to disaster, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the Assembly on Wednesday. The government will be there for them through their time of grief, said CM offering condolences to the families of the dead.
39 people have so far died in the torrential rains, mudslides and landslides. Of the total reported missing, six people have not yet been found. The unexpected rains were caused by double depressions formed at sea, CM told the House.
The state witnessed heavy rains since 11th of October. Starting 13th up to the 17th of October, whirlwinds in southwest Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep transformed into twin depressions triggering severe rains in several parts of the state, said CM.
The intensity of rains lessened on 18th and 19th following which, dams were opened and water drained at regulated pace based on expert assessment that there would be no untoward occurrence from the discharges. There currently are 304 disaster relief camps across the the state and 3851 families have been shifted to safe places. 217 houses have gotten fully destroyed in disasters and 1393 damaged partially, said CM.
The House dispersed after offering respects to the disaster victims and will meet again on the 25th - a gap brought about to allow MLAs coordinate relief and rescue operations in their respective constituencies.