Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala has lashed out at Chief Minister for not visiting the flood-hit Kuttanad region.

He was speaking to reporters while visiting the flood- ravaged areas in Kuttanad on Sunday. “The Chief Minister has taken a decision not to visit places hit by natural disasters. It is not a right decision. People in Kuttanad want Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to visit their places and understand their agony. They want immediate solution to their problems. However, the Chief Minister is considering their pleas as an offence. It is the responsibility of Public Works Minister G. Sudhakaran, who is in-charge of Alappuzha district, to bring the Chief Minister to the flood hit areas,” Mr. Chennithala said.

The Leader of the Opposition blamed the State government for not providing financial assistance to the local bodies in Kuttanad to deal with the flood situation. “The State government should take immediate steps to provide adequate financial aid to the affected people. It should prepare a comprehensive package to save Kuttanad from future natural disasters,” Mr. Chennithala added. Although Kuttanad is slowly limping back to normality, the district administration continues to operate 13 relief camps for 851 people and 434 gruel centres for 1,02,695 people in Kuttanad. On Sunday, Karnataka government handed over four loads of relief materials including 50 tonne rice, 10 tonne sugar, and 250 kg sambar powder to the district administration.

Relief camps

District Collector S. Suhas visited relief camps in Kuttanad and took stock of the situation. The Collector also visited the Alappuzha-Changanassery (AC) Road and directed the authorities to make the road motorable at the earliest.

PWD officials said it would take between three and seven days to completely drain out water from the road. A mini truck transporting food items to relief camps in Edathua fell into a canal near Edathua Church on Sunday. Four people including the driver of the truck were rescued by locals.

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