Bhubaneswar, August 19 (LocalWire) The fear of flood has returned in the state after a brief pause, with heavy rains flooding two major rivers of the state-Mahanadi and Brahmani.
Mahanadi river has its origin in Chhatishgarh, which has been receiving plenty rainfalls since Saturday night due to an active monsoon there.
Similarly Shankh river, which is tributary to state’s second longest river Brahmani has been receiving huge rainfall as it is situated at Jharkhand-Chhatishgarh border, where an active monsoon is causing heavy downpour.
As the rivers surged, the government decided to open more dam gates to release excess flood water and thereby triggering flood fear.
Authorities at state’s largest reservoir Hirakud decided to open seven more gates Monday to release floodwater in addition to already open seven gates due to heavy rainfall in Mahanadi upper basin area.
The gates were open in the afternoon today after the water level reached 620.83 feet level, higher than 620.15 feet recorded by Saturday night.
The reservoir has a full capacity of 630 feet.
A total of 20 gates were opened on August 16, which was later reduced to just five as reports of low-lying area flooding emerged in some parts of the state.
Similarly, authorities of Mandira dam at Rourkela opened all the 11 gates Sunday. As a result, there is a fear of excess water breaching Brahmani river embankment in vulnerable areas.
Monsoon has been active over Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand state since Sunday and there is no chance of respite soon.
On Monday afternoon, private climate prediction service provider Skymet weather warned of heavy rains across Chhattishgarh and Telangana states for next 24 hours due to an active monsoon.