Tsunami crisis management "even weaker" than thought

Sweden’s Catastrophe Commission says its members, and those in parliament’s Constitution Committee were given false information when they investigated the previous government’s handling of the Asian tsunami disaster in 2004, which killed 543 Swedes.

The current government asked it to look again at what happened, after tapes were unearthed which contained logs of who came into work as the tragedy unfolded and when, as well as telephone and email records.

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, the Commission’s Chairman said the Prime Minister’s Office was less active than it had claimed, and that there is now an even stronger impression of weak crisis management at the time.

Former State Secretary Lars Danielsson, whose job it was to keep the Prime Minister informed, resigned in August after being accused of hindering the Commission’s efforts to find out what he was doing during the crisis.

The Commission disputes the times he claims to have had email contact with the Ministry of Defence and says, as far as it can tell, he had no contact at all with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

It is criticising him for not trying hard enough to find out himself what was going on.