Fear grips Indian state over dam collapse

Kerala residents say structure's leaking walls are a threat, but government disagrees and will not intervene.

    Residents situated near Mullaperiyar Dam in Kerala, India, live in fear that its leaking walls will collapse, unleashing a deadly flood of water.

    Their fears have been heightened by the release of Dam 999, a film which depicts the breaching of a dam and its disastrous consequences.

    Frightened residents have begun mobilising protests across villages, towns and cities - demanding that the government fix the dam before it is too late. Some have even gone on hunger strike.

    Residents in nearby Timil Nadu, however, are afraid that a new dam will limit their access to the much needed water.

    Meanwhile, India's Supreme Court has ruled that the Mullaperiyar Dam is structurally sound.

    It is now up to the leaders of this region to find a solution that can calm nerves and reduce concerns in the community.

    Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman reports from Kerala.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinians

    Who are the Israeli agents posing as Palestinians?

    Musta'ribeen are an elite Israeli undercover unit that disguises themselves as Arabs or Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    100 years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.