Medium-level flood expected in Mahanadi river system: Odisha SRC

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of opening of over 30 sluice gates of the Hirakud Dam due to incessant rain in last couple of days in upper catchment areas, Odisha Government warned its officials of medium flood in Mahanadi River system.

“A medium-level flood is expected in Mahanadi river basin. The water level in downstream has increased and the peak floodwater will pass through Mundali barrage in Cuttack district by tomorrow evening,” informed Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena after reviewing situation arising out of continuous rainfall due to low pressure and active monsoon in past two days in Odisha.

He said that approximately 10 lakh to 10.50 lakh cusec floodwaters are likely to pass through Mundali barrage leading to possible flood-like situation in low lying areas.

Worth mentioning that the Hirakud Dam authoriries have opened 34 sluice gates to release execess floodwaters from the reservoir.

“We will try not to open more gates to put the flood situation under control,” the SRC said.

In view of the possible flood situation, the collectors of Khordha, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Nayagarh and Cuttack districts have been put on alert. The engineers of Water Resources Department have been asked to check the condition of river embankments.

“To deal with the situation, 7 teams of ODRAF, 3 teams of NDRF and 12 teams of Odisha Fire Services have been momobilised in Puri, Kendrapara, Khordha, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Nayagarh,” Jena added.

Yesterday, the state Engineer-in-Chief Bijay Kumar Mishra had warned of minor flooding in Mahanadi river.

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