Did poor government handling in Kerala cause 2018 floods? Yes, says CAG
It stated that the flood plains of Kerala had not been identified and restricted so far. It noted that more than 14.52 per cent of the state’s total area was flood-prone.
Despite this, no large-scale flood hazard map was available in Kerala. The susceptibility map of the state developed by the Kerala Disaster Management Authority did not conform to Central Water Commission (CWC) criteria for flood-prone areas.
“The CAG has confirmed the concerns we have been raising in the last three years. Despite the state continuing to reel under annual floods and other extreme weather events, the government is least bothered about evolving long-term mitigation measures,” VD Satheesan, leader of opposition in the Kerala Assembly, said.
“On the other hand, it is pushing forward several environmentally hazardous infrastructure projects which would further aggravate the impact of future calamities,” he added.