The authorities of Hirakud Dam released the season’s first floodwater from five gates on Monday. The floodwater was released from three gates on the left and two on the right at 11 am.
Chief Engineer, Upper Mahanadi Basin Ananda Chandra Sahu said at the time of opening of the gates, water level in Hirakud Dam Reservoir was 613.71 ft. It will take 36 hours for the released water to reach Mundali. “There is no possibility of flooding on the downstream. As per the current inflow, we will keep the five gates open,” he said.
While the upstream of the dam received 19.69 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, the downstream recorded 17.85 mm rain during the period. Official sources said the water level of Hirakud Dam stood at 613.27 ft against the full reservoir level of 630 ft at 6 pm on Monday.