Hirakud opens 10 gates as flood threat looms large over Odisha

Burla, Oct 10: With the threat of floods in the Mahanadi river system looming large as a result of heavy rains likely to lash the upper catchment of the river and most parts of Odisha in the wake of Cyclone Hudhud, authorities at the Hirakud dam here opened ten sluice gates this morning.

'Going by the IMD prediction that there would be heavy rains in the upper catchments of Mahanadi in the aftermath of the cyclone, we have opened ten gates this morning.' said chief engineer of Hirakud Dam Biswajeet Mohanty.

'We have to release more water from the dam to maintain the water level in the reservoir in view of the large inflow of water from the upper catchment area to ensure that there is no flood threat in the lower catchments of the river,' he said.

He said that the dam authorities have stuck to the rule curve by maintaining the water level of the dam at its optimum level of 630 feet,

Heavy rains have also been predicted in the upper catchments of Mahanadi in neighbouring Chhattisgarh.