- Odisha Chief Minister has released a unique flood hazard atlas which is expected to help the State manage floods more efficiently.
- The flood hazard atlas system takes into account the flood inundation data captured through satellite imagery over the period from 2001 to 2018.
- The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO),Hyderabad had taken the study on flood hazard zonation for Odisha.
- The study has found that about 8.96% which is 13.96 lakh hectares of land in Odisha was affected by floods during 2001-2018.
- Out of total flood-affected area about 2.81 lakh hectares of land falls under high (inundated 7-9 times) to very high (inundated 10-14 times) flood hazard categories.
- This study is expected to help the State manage floods more efficiently.
- Further,vast areas of the State are inundated when there is flooding every year in major rivers namely the Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarani, Subarnarekha and Rushikulya.
- Some of the rivers like the Vamsadhara and Budhabalanga also cause flash floods due to instant run-off from their hilly catchments.
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