Frequent Breaches in Irrigation Canals in Sindh Pakistan


Every year, a number of breach failures occur in Irrigation Canals in Sindh. Those failures cause displacement of thousands of people, destruction of properties, land, and damage to costly crops that worth millions Rupees. In addition to that, breach failures also can cause water shortages when the failure occurs during the peak demand period. There are various causes of embankment failures which include overtopping, internal erosion, structural defects and piping. State of art for breach failures is presented in this paper and suggestions for prediction of breaches in context to canals in Sindh are discussed. Seepage and slope stability analyses are recommended for a long-term breach predictions.

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Bhanbhro, R. , Al-Ansari, N. and Knutsson, S. (2014) Frequent Breaches in Irrigation Canals in Sindh Pakistan. Journal of Water Resource and Protection, 6, 214-223. doi: 10.4236/jwarp.2014.64027.

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