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Central Water Commission

(Serving the nation since 1945)

Dam Failure Type & Cause

Majority of Indian dams have failed immediately after construction or at the time of first full-load, which can be clearly attributed to factors of either inadequate design or poor quality of construction.

Age of Dam at Failure No of Failure % Failure
0 - 5 Years 16 44.44
5 - 10 Years 7 19.44
10 - 15 Years 1 2.77
15 - 20 Years 1 2.77
50 - 100 Years 6 16.67
> 100 Years 2 5.56
> Age not defined 3 8.33
Total 36