Bhubaneswar: The water level at Hirakud Dam is in a falling trend due to the drop in the rainfall activity in the upper catchment areas and it will fall further, informed Engineer-in-Chief of Water Resources Department, Dhiren Kumar Samal, on Friday.
At present, the water level of Hirakud stands at 628.79 ft against its storage capacity of 630 ft. The water at the reservoir is being discharged through 28 gates. The average inflow of water was 4.75 lakh cusecs and the average outflow was 4.87 lakh cusecs at 10 AM today.
Samal informed that 6.26 lakh cusecs water was being discharged at Mundali at 10 AM today as the excess flood water released by Hirakud through 24 gates earlier had reached there.
The flow at Mundali will increase after the excess water released from all the 28 gates reach there. A peak flood flow of around 7 lakh to 7.5 lakh cusecs is expected by midnight. It will result in a low to medium flood that will last for around four to five hours.