Season’s first floodwater to release from Hirakud Dam on July 24


Sambalpur: The Hirakud Dam in Sambalpur district will release the first floodwater of the season on July 24, informed dam’s chief engineer Jyotirmaya Rath.

The authorities informed the district administration to stay alert and to take necessary measures as there is a possibility of flood situation in some districts of the state.

According to sources, the water level of the dam was 607.25 feet by 6 pm on Thursday. The inflow of the floodwater into the reservoir was 1,17,600 cusecs per second while the outflow was 15,540 cusecs per second.

Chief engineer Rath said, “The inflow of the Mahanadi floodwater into the Hirakud reservoir has increased as the Chhattisgarh government have opened most of the gates of the barrages and dams due to heavy rains in the upper catchments.”

“The release of the floodwater would be made according to the reservoir Rule Curves,” he added.

The water level of the reservoir would rise further as the Met office has predicted heavy rain in the upper catchments in the next 48 hours with the formation of a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal, he said.

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