Bhubaneswar, August 16 (LocalWire) There is no threat of flood in Odisha because of water discharge from Hirakud dam, state water resource department said Friday after reports of water deluge emerged from some districts.
The government has decided to reduce water discharge though, for the time being.
“According to the reports received from various districts, there is no major threat of flood barring a few places in some districts,” deputy relief commissioner Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra said on Friday.
As the water level surpassed 621 feet in Hirakud reservoir, nearing the full capacity of 630 feet, the authorities decided to release floodwater via 20 gates on Thursday.
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 as water from the dam deluged certain areas.
Floodwater released from Hirakud Dam is expected to reach Mundali barrage today and the water flow is likely to stay between 5 lakh and 5.5 lakh cusec, up from 4 lakh cusec of water flowing by Friday afternoon, according to government estimate.
On Thursday nearly 3.3 lakh cusec water was discharged from Hirakud Dam through 20 sluice gates.
The authorities have decided to close 10 gates as water level in the reservoirs has come down post water discharge.