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Omar regime ignored flood warning: BJP ‘chargesheet’

Minister of State in the PMO Dr Jitendra Singh said that MET had sent alerts to J&K govt for "five straight days" before floods.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: November 15, 2014 2:23 am
pmo MoS PMO Jitendra Singh with BJP National General Secretary Ram Madav (C), MP Jugal Kishore (L) addressing a press conference in Jammu on Friday. (Source: PTI)

Launching an aggressive poll campaigning in J&K, MoS in the PMO Jitendra Singh on Friday released the BJP’s “charge-sheet”, accusing the Omar Abdullah government of ignoring repeated warnings by the Meteorological Department about impending floods, which eventually claimed more than 200 lives.

Reading from the four-page “chargesheet” which, according to him, was the first in a series, Singh said that the department had sent alerts to the state government for “five straight days before September 7, when devastating floods ravaged the historic Srinagar city”. At one point, the department even “went beyond its duty”, warning the government that continuous rains could “trigger flash floods and landslides and disrupt road and air transport”, he added.

“Though the department has no mandate to issue alerts about landslides and flash floods, the developing weather prompted it to go ahead with the warning,” he said, adding that “it was a difficult choice to make because such a warning could have triggered panic among the people”.

He said that “four days before Srinagar sank,” the MeT had on September 3 sent a “specific warning” to the government.
A copy of this warning was also sent to the Chief Engineer Mechanical Division, Srinagar, and other government departments, he said. Quoting sources in the MeT Department, Singh read that “whenever western disturbance and strong monsoon currents meet, it creates a strong system which has often led to floods in Kashmir in the past’’.

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    Katewal
    Nov 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm
    Omar Abdullah and his leadership is corrupt and incompetent and most of the blame goes to him. The central government has done what it could do in timely fashion by involving the army.
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      indian
      Nov 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm
      Do you even know the separation of power and responsibilities between centre and state.Pickled in self importance psuedos like you are quick to start preaching rather than keeping their half baked and ill thought suggestions to themselves.There's no dirty linen involved here you...
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        raj
        Nov 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm
        It doesn't mean central government can wash it's hand from the responsibility. If state didn't pay attention and didn't act central should have acted before at least a day ahead and should have made them work. That could have been saved precious lives. If state becomes irresponsible doesn't mean central should also stay away. That is not expected from Modi's Government. Stop blame game, nobody will be benefit and don't wash your dirty linen in public.
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          raj
          Nov 14, 2014 at 8:24 pm
          You can't be an Indian reading your language. Separation of power between State and Center don't come in when there is a natural disaster going to occur. It is prime duty of Central Government to see adequate steps being taken by State and if not Center should pursue and should take authority in their hand to control the damage. It is a common sense. You can't wait till some body to call if you have disaster info first hand. Think about. Disaster of this magnitude could not be handled by state.
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            Raj
            Nov 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm
            The center cannot act unless state requests help from central insutions like army, cbi, etc
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