Hirakud Dam releases season’s first flood water today

Sambalpur: The Hirakud Dam authorities released the season’s first flood water from the reservoir here in Odisha on Wednesday.

After performing a ceremonial puja at the dam’s site, the authorities opened the sluice gate no- 7 at around at 11.30 AM today.

The water level in the reservoir had reached to about 618.21 ft feet at 6 AM today while the dam has a capacity of holding water up to 630 feet, informed Hirakud Dam official.

Meanwhile, the dam authorities alerted Collectors of all districts located on the banks of Mahanadi. The villagers in low lying areas of the reservoir have been alerted about a possible flood-like situation.

The authorities also warned the local residents for not to venture into Mahandi River.

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