Bhubaneswar, August 17 (LocalWire) The state government has decided to shut five more gates of Hirakud as flood water discharge from the state’s largest reservoir has breached River Devi embankment, flooding several acres of farm land.
Low lying areas of Puri and Kendrapada also affected by the water discharge from the dam.
The office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), however, reiterated that there was no threat of flood in the state.
“There is no flood situation in the state. Only few low-lying areas of Puri, Kendrapada are under water. People from these areas have been evacuated and kept at special relief camps,’ Joint SRC Pravat Mohapatra said in a press meet Saturday.
On Friday , due to the water release, Tikarpada in Angul and few places of Kendrapada and Puri districts were submerged. The administration had to evacuate nearly 400 persons in these districts.
The state water resources department had decided to release water from Hirakud Thursday by opening 20 gates as water level approached 622 feet in the reservoir which has maximum water carrying capacity of 630 feet.
As water level receded amid reports of flash-flood in low lying areas of River Mahanadi catchment areas, the authorities had shut down 10 more gates on Friday.
On Saturday, when the dam water level reached 620.04 feet, the state water resources department to shut down another five gates.
A total of five gates will remain open as of now, said officials with the state water resources department.