7 more gates of Hirakud dam closed

Sambalpur: The Hirakud dam authorities closed seven more gates in a phased manner today. The dam authorities initially closed five gates and later shut down two more today.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, three sluice gates of the reservoir were closed. Currently, rainwater is being discharged through 10 sluice gates of the dam.

The water level in the reservoir stood at 611.69 feet against the storage capacity of 630 feet. The inflow of water into the reservoir was 82,836 cusecs while the outflow was 1,95,180 cusecs at 3 PM today, informed the authorities of Hirakud dam.

On the other hand, the water released from the Hirakud dam reached Mundali in Cuttack in the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday.

In the meantime, the administration has alerted the people in the low lying areas of the district as a precautionary measure. However the Cuttack district Collector has dismissed flood threat due to the release of water from Hirakud.

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The ODRAF team has also been advised to remain alert to tackle any flood-like situation in the district.