Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 15, ISSUE 91, July-August 2015 |

Surface Water Storage and Disasters

DAM failures and Flooding in extreme event scenarios

India is increasingly becoming an extreme weather event hotspot. From cold and heat waves to thunderstorms, hailstorms, dust storms, cyclones, droughts, floods and extreme rain episodes are causing heavy loss to life and property. Even dams, that were perceived as our saviours in preventing droughts and stemming floods, are emerging as killers—causing heavy erosion and sweeping off entire villages. Collapsing structures and the release of water from reservoirs during heavy rains have swept away many, with ensuing floods rotting away...

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