Two-day int’l webinar on mitigation of flood begins | Patna News

PATNA: A two-day international webinar on flood and drought mitigation in the state, organised by the water resources department (WRD), began on Friday.
Addressing the webinar, WRD minister Sanjay Kumar Jha said the suggestions made by the experts would be first discussed by the department and then implemented.
Jha, who inaugurated the webinar, added the WRD has already taken some steps towards mitigating flood menace like establishing advance warning system, real-time data acquisition system (RTDAS), spatial data system, using remote sensing and GPS, satellite imaging to identify erosion sites and carrying out anti-erosion work.
Experts participating in the webinar were from Italy, Nepal, IIT-Roorkee, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Lucknow. WRD secretary Sanjeev Hans said due to climate change, floods have become frequent and intense in the state. “The department has taken structural, non-structural and green measures to fight the menace,” he added.
Given the theme of the webinar, department’s chief engineers had also been asked to participate in it and benefit from the experience and suggestions of the experts.
On the first day of the webinar, the experts discussed the technical aspects of the problem. Among the suggestions made by them included storage of floodwater and its transfer to areas suffering from water scarcity during lean season, silt management, construction of percolation wells and community participation in flood management.

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