Kochi, Jun 2 : Blaming the district administration for not taking action to remove alluvial soil and sand, residents on the banks of river Periyar have started to shift to safer places fearing havoc if there is a flood. Though the local government bodies demanded immediate action, no further development was made in this regard as the sand was deposited in the river banks during the floods in 2018 and 2019. Ernakulam, Idukki and Thrissur district administration authorities have to jointly take effort for cleaning Periyar river, sources said on Tuesday.
As the experts have issued flood warnings, residents on the banks have started search for rented houses. People were shifting furniture and other items to safer places while others shifted the items to the upper storey of the house to avoid damage during floods. Though the government has directed the local bodies to arrange relief camps, people were of the opinion that such camps were not safe in view of COVID-19 outbreak.
Anticipating the crisis, the public representatives have asked the people to arrange shelter by themselves. The discussions to remove the mud from the river started a few days back before the monsoon, the state Disaster Management Authority also assured to take necessary action. But nobody took it as a serious matter, sources said. Though various orders in this regard were issued on February 25 and April 30, further action was not taken in this regard. (UNI)