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Himalayan Glaciers map database created in India

India is taking extensive steps to forecast floods. The country’s Central Water Commission (CWC) is using remote sensing and GIS to create a database of Himalayan Glaciers, lakes and water bodies in the Himalayan region.  All rivers with water spread area of more than 10 hectares are also being mapped using satellite imageries. The government has set up as many as 176 flood forecasting stations across the country to gauge water levels. Rainfall-runoff models are also being created using meteorological inputs based on remote sensing technology.

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