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India to enact law to contain flood damage

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Currently out of 204 hectares, that are flood affected, 94 lakh hectres have been provided reasonable degree of protection

Currently out of 204 hectares, that  are flood affected, 94 lakh hectres have been provided reasonable degree of protection

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New Delhi: The government is considering enacting a law to contain flood damages in the country, Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat said here on Wednesday.

Inaugurating the 16th meeting of the Ganga Flood Control Board, he said flood-affected areas in the Ganga Basin states are estimated at 204 lakh hectares out of which 94 lakh hectares has been provided a reasonable degree of protection.

The Water resources Minister said the revised Model Flood Plain Zoning Bill is also being reviewed as the present Model Draft Bill for flood plain zoning is quite old.

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He also underlined the need for planning and management of water resources and structure like dams, flood embankments, tidal embankments in view of climate changes.

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