Hirakud opens 15 gates to release flood water

Sambalpur: Following incessant rains in the upper catchment areas of river Mahanadai, the Hirakud dam authorities opened seven more gates to release flood water.

Earlier in the day, six more sluice gates were opened.The over flowing water is currently being released through eight gates as two gates were opened yesterday. Water level reached 627.93 ft at the biggest dam, officials said.

Heavy rains in Chhatisgarh for last two days increased the water level in the reservoir that prompted the dam officials to open more gates. The overflowing water of around 13,370 cusec was being released through two gates which were opened yesterday.