The ‘above normal’ rain during June 1, 2018, and August 19, 2018, in Kerala caused the massive flood, says amicus curiae report filed in the Kerala High Court on Wednesday.
“It was above 42% of the normal rainfall and that rainfall between 15th and 17th August, 2018, was extremely heavy/torrential in nature,” Adv Alex P Jacob says in his report.
The conclusion also notes that the dams in the state were not used for flood control purpose.
“Sudden release of water simultaneously from different reservoirs aggravated the damage,” the report reads.
However, a study by the Central Water Commission (CWC), New Delhi, in September 2018 had concluded current flood could have not been avoided even with the 75% filled reservoir conditions.
The CWC study, in contrary to findings of amicus curiae, had clarified that the dams in Kerala neither added to the flood nor helped in reduction of the flood.