Flood plains of India - Flood damage dataWhile the Ganga river and the Brahmaputra river regions make for the areas most prone to floods, states like Orissa suffers from the wrath of river Mahanadi, when the degraded mangrove system makes the region more susceptible to damage
Flushed with water
Floods are not avoidable, but the damage they cause are. Only if the cause is understood and precautions taken
Much of the problem of floods is due to drainage congestion.
• On occasions floods are caused by mismanagement of water reservoirs
• Despite 157 flood forecasting stations in India, the country still loses hundreds of lives and crores worth of property.
Flood of misery
The average loss over the past four decades shows the havocfloods wreak
|Land area affected||7.56 million hectare|
|Population affected||32.03 million|
|Human lives lost||1,504|
|Houses damaged(cost)||Rs 136.615 crore|
|Crop damaged||Rs 460.07 crore|
|Public utilities damaged||Rs 377.248 crore|
|TOTAL LOSSES||Rs 982.126 crore|