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Sambalpur: The Hirakud Dam authorities will release the season’s first flood water from the reservoir at 11 AM today. Around 15 gates of the dam will be opened in phases to release the water into Mahanadi River, sources said.
The water level in the reservoir has reached to about 617.60 feet at 6 AM today while the dam has a capacity of holding water upto 630 feet, informed Hirakud Chief Engineer Jyotirmaya Rath.
“The inflow of water into the reservoir is 1.50 lakh cusecs while the outflow is 11, 846 cusecs. The water from Hirakud will take about 40 hours to reach Mundali in Cuttack,” Rath said.
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 today.