Hirakud Dam Releases Season’s First Flood Water

**Bhubaneswar/Sambalpur:** Hirakud Dam on Mahanadi river in Odisha’s Sambalpur district released first flood water of the ongoing monsoon season on Friday.

While Sluice Gate No 7 was opened first for the purpose, flood water from the premier water reservoir of the state had been slated to be released through ten sluice gates on the day in phases, sources said.

As per sources, 10 sluice gates of the dam were to be opened in phases between 10 am to 6 pm on Friday to release excess water while the dam authorities are following the stand operating procedure (SOP) to release the flood water.

Collectors of Sambalpur, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Boudh, Nayagarh, Angul, Cuttack, Kandhamal, Khurda, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur and Puri districts have been asked to remain on alert.

“There is no threat of flood as most of the rivers are dry as of now. Rather, the rain recently is a welcome rain and has made up the deficit of minus 19% rainfall in the state and good for crop condition,” viewed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra.

Notably, Water Resources Secretary Pradip Jena on Thursday had told media that the outflow through 10 sluice gates would be of 1.5 lakh cusec per hour and there is no possibility of floods downstream of Mahanadi.

However, the people residing on the banks of Mahanadi and its distributaries should stay alert as the water level in the river will rise. He requested the people of those areas to remain on alert and not let their cattle get close to the river to avoid any untoward incident.