The Opposition Congress and BJP in Kerala today slammed the LDF government over the alleged delay in initiating precautionary measures and launching rescue operations for fishermen, who got stranded in the rough sea off the coast due to Cyclone Ockhi.
The opposition alleged that the CPI(M)-led government failed completely in tackling the emergency situation though it had received prior warning about the cyclone.
They said various agencies including the union Home Department, National Institute of Oceanography and Indian Meteorological Department had informed the state about the possible landing of cyclone on Kerala shores days before.
It has been a practice worldwide to take precautionary measures including evacuation of people before the cyclone lashes the coast, he said.
He alleged that only after the cyclone wreaked havoc did the state government launch any effort in this regard.
The opposition leader in the Assembly also alleged that the government failed in bringing back the stranded fishermen and also providing timely treatment to those who were brought to the shore.
Hitting out at the LDF government, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said it was unfortunate that the authorities had not even opened a control room to provide information to people on relief operations.
He also said union ministers Rajnath Singh and Nirmala Sitharaman had assured all necessary support by the Centre for the rescue operations.
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