Bhubaneswar: Odisha Water Resources Department has ruled out chance of any flood in Mahanadi river basin now even as the State continues to witness rainfall activity under the influence of a low pressure over the Bay of Bengal.
Engineer in Chief of the Water Resources Department, Jyotirmaya Ratha informed that the upper catchment area of Mahanadi has received 14 mm of rainfall while its lower catchment has recorded 10 mm of rainfall in the last one day.
At present, the water level in the Hirakud Dam is 600.79 feet. Around 2300 cusecs of water is entering the reservoir while 13000 cusecs of water is being released from the dam through the power channels.
As many as 121 breaches out of 126 caused during the extremely severe cyclonic storm have been repaired by the water resources department. Similarly, at least 105 such breaches from 127 have been fixed up by the Irrigation department, Ratha informed the media.
“All medium and large reservoirs are under our full control and water level in almost all the rivers are much below the danger mark,” he said.
The Regional Meteorological Centre of the IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall for several districts of the State in the next 3 days under the impact of a low pressure area of NW Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal. An associated cyclonic circulation extends up to mid-tropospheric levels tilting southwards with height. The system is likely to move west-northwestwards across Odisha, Jharkhand and North Chhattisgarh during next 2 to 3 days.
As per the weather forecasting agency, the southwest Monsoon which touched the State on June 10 has further advanced into remaining parts of Odisha today.