Solai Dam owner Mansukh Patel finally apologises


Solai Dam owner Mansukh Patel finally apologises
Rescuers carrying a victim of the Patel Dam disaster. Photo/Courtesy

In Summary

  • In a paid advert in one of the local dailies, Mansukh, who is the chairman of Solai Group, offered condolences to the victims as he says they are investigating the deadly disaster.
  • Patel dam, on Wednesday night, burst its banks and its gushing waters swept away everything on its path claiming 49 lives and displaced more than 2,500 people.
  • The Patel family says they will work together with the relevant governmental and county authorities to rebuild what has been lost, and restore normalcy to the community.

Mansukh Patel, the owner of the killer Patel Dam has formally apologised to the people of Solai whose lives were devastated by last week’s tragedy that killed 47 people.

In a paid advert in one of the local dailies, Mansukh, who is the chairman of Solai Group, offered condolences to the victims as he says they are investigating the deadly disaster.

“On Wednesday, May 9th, we lost 47 precious lives to the Solai dam tragedy. We, the Patel family of Solai and members of the Patel farm management would like to express our deepest condolences,” reads the statement.

Masukh attempts to smooth things over by bringing in the family’s 83-year ties with the community citing projects “that uplift the general standard of living of the wananchi.”

“During this time of immeasurable grief and sorrow, we stand united with our community in social whole-heartedly. We appreciate the grace with which the government and Non-governmental Organisations have handled the situation,” he says.

Patel dam, on Wednesday night, burst its banks and its gushing waters swept away everything on its path claiming 49 lives and displaced more than 2,500 people.

Many families are still missing their loved ones almost one week after the tragedy.

The Patel family says they will work together with the relevant governmental and county authorities to rebuild what has been lost, and restore normalcy to the community.

“We pray that the Almighty in his infinite mercies may rest the souls of the departed in peace,” he concludes.

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