Mansukh Patel's Official Statement Following Solai Dam Tragedy

  • Solai Group Chairman Mansukh Patel on Tuesday published his official statement following the Solai Dam tragedy that claimed close to 50 lives.

    Mr Patel registered his condolences and those of his family to the families of those who lost their lives.

    "We, the Patel family of Solai and members of the Patel farm management would like to express our deepest condolences.

    "We are currently investigating how this could have happened and deeply regret the occurrence," the statement read in part.

    [caption caption="File image of rescuers at the scene of a house that was overcome by waters from Solai Dam on May 9, 2018"][/caption]

    The Chairman went on to reveal the preliminary results of investigations, attributing the wall burst to heavy rainfall.

    "Investigations point to the heavy rainfall in Dundori forest resulting in massive soil erosion with high-pressure water accompanied by dead stumps, logs and big boulders that hit the wall of the dam causing a huge gush of water into the farm and outlying settlements," Patel explained in his statement.

    He further assured members of the public that the farm management was working together with the government and other non-governmental organisations to assist the victims.

    "We are doing everything we can to provide the necessary resources to displaced families affected by this unfortunate tragedy.

    "We appreciate the grace with which the government and NGOs have handled the situation.

    "We pray that the Almighty in his infinite mercies may rest the souls of the departed in peace," the statement concluded.

    Here is the full statement extracted from Tuesday's Daily Nation.