Source: News Bharati English29 Jun 2017 13:20:42

Bhubaneswar, June 29:  In order to tackle the drought, Odisha government has come up with ‘Real Time Flood Forecasting Model’ for Mahanadi river basin. The model aims to accomplish flood control and manage early warning systems in the Mahanadi river basins. 

Also State Drought Monitoring Centre (SDMC) will be set up which will help monitor the water level and the impact of climate change in the Mahanadi river basin. “This flood forecasting model will help us in accomplishing better flood control and its management through early warning systems in the Mahanadi basin which has special relevance and greater significance in the context of climate change,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said. 

The model is supported by the State Climate Change Innovation Programme adding that Odisha is vulnerable to multiple types of disasters due to its topography, river networks, and sub-tropical littoral location. The state has 11 river basins and the Mahanadi basin is the largest inter-state river basin, Patnaik added. 

Stating that Odisha was the first state in the country to implement Climate Change Action plan, Patnaik said the water resources department should continue to work on improving the efficiency of the model and train its staff in a better way so that its outcome can be utilized in planning and support system.

Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) office was setup with the aim of accomplishing flawless assessment and management of drought situation in the state. An expert committee, under the Chairmanship of OSDMA Managing Director PK Mohapatra, has been formed for the purpose. Weather experts, hydrologists, agriculture scientists, soil experts are members of this committee. As per the plan, data on weather condition, rainfall and humidity of soil at field level would be recorded every week of the year. Weekly report on the condition of paddy fields would also be collected, Mohapatra said.