The Hirakud Reservoir authorities have decided to release the season’s first floodwater into river Mahanadi on July 11. The water level of the dam has increased following incessant rains in the upper basin of Mahanadi River.
“The release of the first flood water from Hirakud Reservoir will be made into river Mahanadi at any time around 11 am on July 11, 2021,” Additional Chief Engineer of Hirakud Headwork and Additional Spillway, Burla said.
“It is hereby requested to take necessary measures to see that the river bed, downstream of Hirakud Dam, coming under your jurisdiction is cleared as safety measure against life and property,” he said in the letter addressed to Collectors, SPs of 12 districts among others.
The water level in Mahanadi and other rivers will increase due to the release of the water from the reservoir. The dam authorities have advised people living in the lower area of Mahanadi to remain alert. People have been asked take necessary precautions while venturing into the river.
Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department has predicted that a low pressure area is likely to form over west-central and adjoining Northwest Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh- south Odisha coasts around July 11, 2021.
Under the impact of the low pressure, moderate to heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at one or two places over several districts.