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Azerbaijan, Baku, June 7 / Trend A.Akhundov /
Well-grounded measures have been taken during the first five months of 2011 to protect the regions and villages from flooding after the natural disaster in 2010, Irrigation and Water Management Head Ahmed Ahmedzade said.
"Well-grounded measures have been taken on the Kur and Araz Rivers, such as reconstruction and strengthening of the 597 kilometers of protection embankment lengths in a short period of time to prevent more flooding," Ahmedzade said.
Floods occurred in 40 districts of Azerbaijan resulting from the rise of the Kur River. The disaster left about 20,000 houses flooded, more than 300 destroyed, and 2,000 became unsafe. About 50,000 hectares of cultivated land was left under water.
He said that designs are being made to redirect water along a river arm from the Araz River directly to the Caspian Sea. Work has begun on digging the river bed and construction of major water diversion.
Irrigation and Water Management uses 140 reservoirs with a capacity of 21.5 billion cubic meters, 19 hydroelectric, 51,800 thousand kilometers of irrigation canals, 31,700 of drainage networks, 921 pumps, 118,000 various hydro plants, 7,279 artesian wells, checks for dams stretching over 2,073 kilometers to prevent mudslides and flooding, and other systems such as installations of water resources of national significance.