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Home Ministry sets standard operating processes to monitor landslide dams

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  • The threat of severe earthquakes in the Himalayan region, has prompted India to put hundreds of landslide dams under constant monitoring so that they do not break with catastrophic consequences.
  • The home ministry has specified new standard operating procedures or SOPs to monitor the dams.
  • According to the new SOPs, LSDs frequently fail catastrophically and lead to flooding,often with high casualties, due to their rather loose nature and absence of controlled spillway.
  • The new procedures are aimed at averting or mitigating the threats emanating from LSDs on rivers.
  • The Centre has roped in the National Remote Sensing Centre, Central Water Commission and the Indian Air Force as part of the new SOPs.
  • The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will monitor any intervention, if required.
  • The SOPs include controlled use of explosives to break the compacted earth mass of the LSD.
  • The SOPs also involve use of satellite imageries from the National Remote Sensing Centre and National Technical Research Organisation.

Source:ET

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