Bhubaneswar, August 12 (LocalWire) The water level at Hirakud reservoir surpassed 615 feet mark Monday, two days ahead of projected date by the authorities as heavy rainfalls continued in the area.
Though full reservoir capacity at Hirakud is 630 feet, the situation is under control as of now, said an official associated with the dam management.
The authorities have already announced to release excess rainwater by opening channel gates on August 14 hoping it would reach 615 feet by Wednesday. By Monday afternoon, the water level was at 615.77 feet, as per government data.
Hirakud catchment area covers most of thickly populated coastal Odisha and hence, water release from the dam is always a risky affair for farm fields and general public habitation.
The water level at the dam continues to rise due to heavy rainfall in Mahanadi upper basin areas.
As the low pressure system hovering above north Bay of Bengal intensified, the India Meteorological Department on Monday predicted heavy rainfall in districts of north central and coastal Odisha namely Sundergarh, Sambalpur, Jharusguda, Mayurbhanj, Sonepur, Keonjhar , Bargarh.
The weather department has issued orange warning (be prepared)for Sundergarh, Sambalpur, jharsuguda and Bargarh district for Tuesday as it predicts extremely heavy rainfall in the areas.
The IMD has predicted extremely heavy rainfall coastal and north Odisha districts for Monday and has advised fishermen not to venture into the sea for next 48 hours in its special bulletin.