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Azerbaijan seeks flood protection help from the Netherlands

The Azerbaijan government has entered into a contract with engineering consultancy Royal Haskoning and research institute Deltares to prevent a repeat of devastating floods experienced by the country in spring 2010.

Resolving to implement structural measures to bring water management and flood protection measures up to standard, the Azerbijan government has collaborated with the Netherlands to prevent flooding in this region from recurring. 

As a result the Dutch water authority Rijkswaterstaat − including representatives from Royal Haskoning and Deltares, has led a full scale investigation of the area.

Royal Haskoning and Deltares are developing initial ideas for solutions in partnership with the Azerbaijan ministry for water. The development of an action plan for 2011 has begun in earnest to ensure the country is prepared for spring 2011 season.

A long-term programme that will examine all water management measures across the region is being developed in conjunction.

Heavy rainfall during spring 2010, combined with a poor drainage system, caused Azerbijan’s rivers Araz and Kura to burst their banks.  Large areas of the country were flooded, causing extensive damage.

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