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India's plan to raise dam heightens fear in flood-prone villages
India's plan to raise dam heightens fear in flood-prone villages

Kartik Prajapati, a villager in western India, has a problem: He is certain that his house will be flooded, leaving him homeless. Like many villagers on the banks of the Narmada River, which flows through Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra states, he already lives in fear of floods during India's annual monsoon season from June to September. But his concern has reached a new level because of a plan to raise a 400-foot-high dam on the river by about 56 feet, a change some say is bound to increase the danger faced by thousands of families in more than 200 villages. "I lose sleep thinking about the consequences," said Prajapati, who lives in Gajipura village in...

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