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GUIDELINES ON ACCEPTABLE FLOOD CAPACITY FOR WATER DAMS (2013)
Dams play a vital role in our lives. They meet demand for drinking, irrigation and industrial water supply; they control floods, increase dry-weather flows in rivers and creeks and give opportunities for various recreational activities. But besides being a valuable resource, dams can also be a source of risk to downstream communities with dam failure potentially resulting in unacceptable damage to property and loss of life. One of the main causes of dam failure is the overtopping of dams because of inadequate flood carrying capacity.