Hinglo River

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Hinglo River
Country India
States Jharkhand, West Bengal
 - location Hill near Jamtara, Santhal Parganas
 - coordinates 23°54′N 87°6′E / 23.900°N 87.100°E / 23.900; 87.100

The Hinglo River (also spelt Hinglow) is a tributary of the Ajay River.


The Hinglo has its source in Santhal Parganas, runs parallel to the Ajay for some distance and flows into it a little after Bhimgarh. It has a watershed area of 2009 ha.[1]

Irrigation and floods[edit]

A dam across the Hinglo provides irrigation in the areas between the Ajay and the Kopai but environmentalists also blame the dam for floods.[2]

Hinglo dam has a capacity of 13,865 acre feet (17,102,000 m3).[3] However, as a result of improper management of water resources for canal irrigation, the bed of the river has risen and the canals have become derelict. Moreover the dam is silted up. During the last phase of the monsoon season when excessive rainfall occurs the dam cannot take in all the water and so much of it is released. This surplus water becomes voluminous and overflows the bank of the river and canals. The side embankments are not constructed perfectly everywhere, and the weak points are breached to cause flood. Flood waters can not always find passage to be drained out quickly causing water logging.[4]


  2. ^ "Dams, officials to blame more for Bengal floods than rains". Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Poverty and Vulnerability". Vulnerability due to flood. Human Development Report: Birbhum. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  4. ^ Singh, Onkar. frontiers in environmental geography. Google books. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 

Coordinates: 23°43′53″N 87°20′24″E / 23.731298°N 87.339935°E / 23.731298; 87.339935