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Bhubaneswar: With increase in water level due to heavy rain in the upper catchment of River Mahanadi, the Hirakud Dam is all set to open one of its sluice gates at around 11 AM on Wednesday to release the first floodwater.
Engineer-in-Chief of Water Resources Department had yesterday informed that a sluice gate will be opened on experimental basis and will be closed soon. There is no need for people to panic as it will have no impact on the ongoing flood situation, he added.
However, Collectors and SPs of the districts districts in the Mahanadi river basin have been asked to be prepared to deal with possible flood. Besides, all the engineers of Water Resources Department have been asked to stay put at their respective headquarters.
Executive Engineers of coastal districts have been asked to inspect river banks under their jurisdiction and arrange sandbags, bamboo and other required materials to control floods at the identified vulnerable points. They have also been asked to be ready with required number of tractors, excavators and other necessary equipment to tackle the situation.
All the senior officials of the department have been directed to visit the coastal districts under their jurisdiction and review the ongoing flood situation. In order to disseminate latest flood related information, 24X7 flood control room has been set up at all offices of Water Resources department across the State.
In the last 48 hours, incessant rains have triggered flood-like situations in districts of Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Boudh, Sonepur, Nuapada and Jharsuguda. Water from Tel River has been flooding neighbouring villages in Kesinga of Kalahandi and similar situation has also been noticed in villages on the banks of Mahanadi in Sonepur.
Till last reports came in, water level at Patharla in Kalahandi had started falling at 8.60 lakh cusec. Similarly level at Khairmal in Sonepur had also started falling at 10.86 lakh Cusec . Expected flood discharge at Munduli to be about 10.5 to 11.0 lakh cusec.