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Amicus curie seeks judicial probe into cause for August flood in Kerala
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Amicus curie seeks judicial probe into cause for August flood in Kerala

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The amicus can appointed by Kerala High Court has mooted appointment of an independent expert committee headed by a superior court judge to find what caused the August 2018 floods and recommend steps to strengthen dam management.

The report of amicus curie Jacob P Alex to the High Court pointed to lapse in dam management. The amicus curie was appointed in the wake of flooding of petitions alleging lapse on the part of the government and seeking appropriate orders. The report said dams were opened without abiding by the rules, following guidelines and issuing necessary warnings. A judicial probe should help find whether there were lapses leading to the disaster.

It needed to be known whether sudden release of water from the dams worsened the situation and flood control zones of each dam were maintained as per the National Water Policy strictures. The report said many dams attained full capacity quickly. Also, the State Government did not heed seriously the warnings of the Met department.