Floods to be prevented in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 6 / Trend A. Badalova /
The Azerbaijani government has allocated about 60 million manat for reconstruction after the floodling of the Kur and Araz rivers, head of Irrigation and Water Management Ahmad Ahmadzade told media.
He said this amount will be used for operations to strengthen dams.
He said tabout 1-1.5 million manat were allocated for reconstruction over the past 10 years.
"The state operates to prevent floods," he said. "This activity depends on the economic and financial opportunities in the country."
He said extensive work is being conducted to strengthen the 640-kilometer-dams.
"The work on flood prevention will continue in the future," he said.
Floods occurred in 40 districts of Azerbaijan due to the rise of the Kur River. As a result of the disaster, about 20,000 houses were flooded, more than 300 destroyed, 2,000 became unsafe and 50,000 hectares of cultivated land were left under water.
The Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry's National Hydrometeorology Department has conducted a study in connection with the measurement of the thickness of snow on the highlands, where river streams are formed.
The official exchange rate is 0.7891 manat to $1.