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Forecasting of floods now to be more robust

GUWAHATI, June 14: The Ministry of Water Resources and Central Water Commission have initiated major initiatives to make flood forecasting mechanisms more robust. Now, they are able to give 72 hours pre-warning and there is a huge network of flood forecasting sites in the North East. This was stated by the Chairman of Brahmaputra Board, Sanjay Kundu, while interacting with participants in the 60th Standing Committee meeting of the Board here today.

Taking a cue from the forecasting, the National Disaster Management Authority can pre-position NDRF battalions at the vulnerable areas. Moreover, the State is also able to prearrange their assets for flood prevention.

The Board is also planning to construct raised platforms at a number of flood prone areas. “We are also taking up major projects in Majuli. Most of them are huge flood protection and erosion protection work,” said Kundu, adding: “A number of drainage development schemes undertaken by the Brahmaputra Board are nearing completion.”
Various activities of the Board like survey and investigation of multipurpose as well as mini-micro projects, execution of anti-erosion and flood management schemes among others were discussed in the meeting.

Among those present in the meeting presided over by Kundu were PM Scott, the Vice Chairman of the Board and other officials.

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