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2) With the likelihood of extreme weather patterns increasing because of global warming, operational management of dams deserves equal importance. Analyze. (250 words)

Topic– Disaster Management

2) With the likelihood of extreme weather patterns increasing because of global warming, operational management of dams deserves equal importance. Analyze. (250 words)

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Why this question

Kerala floods is one of the most important topic to be prepared for disaster management section of paper 3. This article highlights the reasons why the floods in Kerala were so destructive. One of the key role was played by dams and understanding their role in floods would pave the way for enhancing our readiness.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to explain how operational management of floods is critical in mitigation of impact of floods. We need to explain why this is so, along with lacunae in our dam management. Finally we need to discuss the way forward for improving the status of dam management.

Directive word

Analyze – When asked to analyze, you  have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Mention that the recent Kerala floods, Chennai floods etc have shown the devastating impact of poor operational management of dams.

Body

  • Discuss the role played by operational management of dams in catalysing the devastating impact of floods. Cite illustrations from the recent Kerala floods and Chennai floods before that to show that release of water by dams enhances the destructive impact of floods. Highlight the other associated problems caused by dams in accentuating the destruction caused by floods – silting of rivers, problems in hilly areas etc
  • Discuss the issues with dam management in India – dam management is engineering oriented in its approach, detailed holistic study determining the impact of dams is not done, impact on community not ascertained, evaluation of spillway capacity not done etc
  • Suggest ways in which the same can be improved

Conclusion – Give your view on how important operational management of dams is in mitigating the devastating impact of disasters and discuss the way forward.