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Sharmili Mallick

Sambalpur: With gradual decrease in the inflow of water into Mahanadi River from the upper catchment areas of Chhattisgarh, the Hirakud dam authorities have closed four more sluice gates of the reservoir.

At present, the inflow of floodwater in Hirakud is 4,94,094 lakh cusecs per second while the outflow is 6,65,624 lakh cusecs per second. The water level of the reservoir stands at 627.29 feet as against its full capacity of 630 feet.

Meanwhile, excess water is being discharged through 36 of the 64 sluice gates of the Hirakud Dam.

The reservoir authorities said keeping in view the inflow of water into the dam, more gates will be closed later in the day.

The high level flow of water reaching Mundali barrage in Cuttack from Hirakud Dam in Sambalpur will last for five hours and is likely to gradually decline between 10 am to 11 am, sources said.

“Over 10.02 lakh cusecs of water passed through the Mundali barrage and peak flow of floodwater will continue for 24 hours and recede between 10- 11 am today. However, the inflow of water has considerably decreased. The excess release of floodwater will trigger flood-like situation in Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada districts,” said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena.

Currently, the inflow of water at Mundali is 9,23,750 cusecs per second.

(Edited By Ramakanta Biswas)

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