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Counting on perfect storms

Rakhecha, PR (2003) Counting on perfect storms. International Water Power and Dam Construction, 55 (10). pp. 14-16. ISSN 0306-400X

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Throughout the world, severe rainstorms are responsible for causing destructive floods, landslides, levee breaches, dams overtopping, sedimentation, erosion and other such occurances. Some of the most severe rainstorms have even destroyed dams, causing enormous loss of life and property damage. For example, an extreme flood resulted from the severe rainstorm of August 1979 over the Machhu river catchment in India totally destroying the Machhu-2 dam on 11 August. The disaster killed between 1500 and 2000 people and totally devastated urban and rural property downstream of the dam. Another instance is the catastrophic flood generated from an extreme rainstorm of August 1975 in the Huai river basin in China, which destroyed the Banqiao and Shimantan dams. Lemperiere (1993) goes on to describe many dam failures by flooding in various parts of the world. At present it is only possible to consider controlling floods from the heavy rainfalls because we are not in a position to control rainfall.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier B.V.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Floods; Rain; Sedimentation; Storms, River basins, Dams, dam; design; flood control; flood frequency; storm, dam construction; flood control; flood frequency; historical record; storm
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 14:00
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2015 14:00

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