Hydromet SOS – UPSC Prelims

Hydromet SOS:
  • It will be a trans-boundary, round-the-year, early warning system to share data on reservoirs, rivers and dam waters.
  • It will cover major flood plains caused by trans-boundary flowing rivers.
  • Objective: To mitigate water hazards like floods, droughts, mudslides and accelerated erosion.
  • Need: Trans-boundary rivers originating outside India cause massive flooding in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh during the monsoon season. For instance: the unregulated left bank rivers of the Ganga–Ghandak, Kosi and Ghaghra and the Brahmaputra, pose serious flooding threats every year in India.
  • According to CWC reports, India has suffered an annual loss of Rs 6,000 crore every year between 1953 and 2000.
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