National flood plan for China

China has embarked on a technical project to combat the nation's severe flooding problem. The National Flood Management Strategy will lay the theoretical foundation for flood management including a flood mitigation framework and floodplain management plan.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has engaged international professional services company GHD to undertake the project.

The company's China manager, Jin Zhang Zou, says, "Every year major floods affect the people and the economy in China. The floods, which took place earlier this year (2004) killed hundreds and injured thousands of people, and caused an estimated US$518 million damage."

He continued, "The Flood Management Strategy will assist the Chinese government to move from immediate flood control to a more integrated management approach. This project reflects the enormous demand for better infrastructure and services in the region."

A €282 million project funded by a loan from the Asian Development Bank aims to improve flood defences and develop a flood management system for the Songhua River basin, a region of over 556,800km2.

Mott MacDonald in the UK, Danish partner DHI Water and Environment and China's Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower were awarded the three-year contract by the Project Management Organization of the Songliao Water Resources Commission. Completion is scheduled for 2007.

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