When we kept it dry, that was also justifiable.
There are methods of cure where the medicine is administered only after one is made to starve.
Even among crops, sometimes they are allowed to dry up and then only proper watering is done to cool them and make them grow better.
It is the same situation here.
We usually are in such a state where, in the mind, intellect and ahamkAra, thoughts, feelings and determinations arise as food for them.
It is necessary first to dry them all up.