State Gov develops drought monitoring system, model for flood forecast


Bhubaneswar: The State Government has developed a Real Time Flood Forecasting Model for the entire Mahanadi river basin and set up a State Drought Monitoring Centre (SDMC).

“This flood forecasting model will help us in accomplishing better flood control and its management through early warning systems in the Mahanadi basin which has special relevance and greater significance in the context of climate change,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Wednesday.

The model is supported by the State Climate Change Innovation Programme, Patnaik said, adding that Odisha is vulnerable to multiple types of disasters due to its topography, river networks, sub-tropical littoral location.

The state has 11 river basins and the Mahanadi basin is the largest inter-state river basin.

On the functioning of the State Drought Monitoring Centre, the OSDMA MD Mohapatra said that the State government has signed an agreement with Karnataka State Disaster Management Centre for technical support on monitoring drought in Odisha.

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