WITH the flood situation in the North-
east taking a turn for the worse during
the monsoons, the 3 master plans for
flood control are being assessed for
updating. Slated for upgraclation are
master plan part 1 for the main stem
of the Brahmaputra river, master
plan part 2 covering the Barak sub-basin and master plan part 3 involving
the 38 tributaries of the Brahmaputra
in the Brahmaputra valley and-Ahe 8
tributaries in Tripura.
The Brahmaputra board has identified certain areas as specifically flood prone. These include Majuli 1-island, Biswanath, Laopara, Howlighat. Kaziranga and other areas in the Brahmaputra valley and several in the Barak valley overlooking the Barak river.
In the plans, 3 major reasons have been cited behind the floods in the north-eastern region. They are high rainfall combined with the narrowness of the valley, and encroachment on the flood plain as a result of the increase in population and frequent earthquakes.
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