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Title: Highest floods in India
Authors: Rakhecha PR 
Keywords: Catchments;Drainage;Rivers;Highest floods, Floods, extreme event;flood;monsoon;peak discharge;rainstorm India
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: IAHS-AISH Publication
Project: Extremes of the extremes: Extraordinary floods 
Reykjavik , Iceland . 
July 2000 
Abstract: This paper provides information on the highest recorded floods at some sites in India's major river basins. The data available for the last 100 years or so indicate that the highest floods recorded on rivers in India had peak discharges ranging from 1170 m3 s-1 for a 133 km2 area to 72 900 m3 s-1 for a 935 000 km2 area. The flood comparison studies showed that the highest recorded floods in India are remarkably comparable with the highest floods reported from other parts of the world for drainage areas larger than 1000 km2. Two powerful floods recorded in India-the flood of 6 September 1970 on the Narmada River and the flood of 11 August 1979 on the Machhu River were found to be record-breaking events in the world.
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