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AP was deaf to flood warnings

State Ignored CWC Reminders On Dam Capacity

New Delhi: The flooding of Kurnool could have been averted had successive state governments in Andhra Pradesh not avoided repeated reminders of the Central Water Commission (CWC) on doubling the spillway capacity of the Srisailam dam.

Since 1990, the CWC had advised the state government twice to increase the spillway capacity of the reservoir on the Krishna river from the originally set 13.5 lakh cusecs to 25 lakh cusecs in order to avoid flash floods.

CWC chairman A K Bajaj told TOI on Tuesday that while the agency had told state authorities sometime in 1990 to increase the spillway capacity of the dam from 13.5 lakh cusecs to 19 lakh cusecs, another detailed study was carried out in 2005 when officials found that the design of the dam allowed the capacity to be increased to 25 lakh cusecs. "We had conveyed to the state government to increase the capacity and it would have taken them not more than six months to a year to carry out the required modification," Bajaj said. "At least Kurnool and many upstream areas could have been saved from being inundated. Only the downstream areas, at worse, could have got affected," Bajaj said. Inflows into the Krishna at Srisailam had increased to more than 25 lakh cusecs after October 2 when Karnataka released fresh waters from the Almatti dam to prevent submergence of its own towns.

Bajaj said the CWC would soon have a meeting with state authorities and the 2005 report will be taken up for discussion. He said though the state alone could decide when to carry out modification in the dam, the CWC would emphasise on increasing the maximum flood capacity of Srisailam reservoir.

by Pradeep Thakur, Times of India, 03 Oct 2009

Five months after the Kosi deluge of August 2008, fields remain waterlogged, boats are still plying in paddy fields and thousands have lost their livelihoods as their cultivable lands have been permanently ruined. Around 500,000 people are believed to have migrated in search of livelihood.
Kosi tragedy poses serious livelihood challenge
by Anosh Malekar, Infochange, 01 January, 2009
For two decades, his has been a prophetic voice on the mismanagement of overflowing rivers in Bihar. Dr. Dinesh Kumar Mishra’s Hindi book ‘Dui Patan ke Beech Mein’ (published in 2006 by People’s Science Institute, Dehradun), had already made an impact. The launch of its English translation — ‘Trapped! Between the Devil and Deep Waters’ — in Delhi recently, ironically coincided with the spectacle of a nation woefully unprepared to succour four million people affected by river Kosi breaching its embankment on August 18.
Embankments — or should we say entombments?
by Chitra Padmanabhan, The Hindu, 19 September, 2008
The foundation stone of the Kosi Project was laid on January 14, 1955 amidst fanfare, jubilation and victory. Dr. Shrikrishna Sinha, the then Chief Minister of Bihar, laid the foundation stone near Bhutaha village close to Nirmali, in Saharsa (now Supaul) district with the chanting of mantras by Pt. Mahabir Jha of Jhitki village and shouting of slogans like ‘Aadhi Roti Khayengein, Kosi Bandh Banaayengein.’ (We will eat only half a chapati but we will surely build the Kosi embankments). A majority of people lost the other half of the bread too on the 18th August 2008 when the Kosi embankment breached on that day.
Kosi: Of Deluge, Candles and Matchboxes
by Dinesh Kumar Mishra,, 27 September, 2008