Sambalpur: The Hirakud Dam released the season’s first flood water from the reservoir today at around 12 noon by first opening sluice gate no 7, following a puja at the dam’s site.
Subsequently, the dam authorities opened four more gates within an hour to discharge the water.
Reportedly the authorities have opened three more gates at around 3 pm.
The flood water released by the dam is expected to reach Mundali barrage in the next 36-40 hours. According to sources a total of 15 sluice gates will be opened in a phased manner by Tuesday night.
Sources said 1,40,899 cusecs water per second is now entering the dam while 12,121 cusecs water per second is being released from the reservoir.
In the meanwhile, the district administration has alerted the people residing in low-lying areas to remain alert for a possible flood after opening of the dam gates.