A Dam-Made Disaster: How large dams and embankments have worsened flooding in India

Himanshu Thakkar

This article by Himanshu Thakkar, the Coordinator of the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People, was first published in "Before the Deluge" the 2007 Dams, Rivers and Peoples report by International Rivers. It describes how floods and embankments have worsened floods and even caused floods in India, instead of preventing them. The author also describes a way forward that consists of a comprehensive flood management program, including flood coping mechanisms and flood-preparedness.

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Himanshu Thakkar es el Coordinador del Red de Asia del Sur de Represas, Ríos y Genteha, y ha realizado extensas investigaciones sobre represas grandes en la India. Se lo puede contactar en ht.sandrp@gmail.com.