Odishatv Bureau

Sambalpur: Hirakud will release this season’s first flood water on August 5, said Harmohan Pradhan, chief engineer of the dam.

Talking to OTV, Pradhan said, “As the upper catchment of river Mahandi in Chhattisgarh have received a good rain fall, the water level in the dam is increasing. It had reached 611.47 metres by 10 am yesterday. We will follow the stand operating procedure to release the flood water.”

“We have planned to release the flood water through seven gates between 10 am to 12.30 pm on August 5. We will take a final call on how many gates will be opened to release the water after reviewing the situation the same day,” Pradhan added.

“We have requested the district administration to make people residing in the low lying areas aware about the release of water,” the chief engineer said.