Sambalpur: With the gradual increase of water level of Hirakud Dam Reservoir (HDR) following incessant rain, Hirakud dam authorities released the first floodwater of the season today.
The floodwater was released at 11.24 am through number 7 sluice following the religious rituals by the Hirakud Dam authorities. Every year Sluice Gate No 7 is opened first.
Prior to opening the gate, the authorities also sounded the siren every five minutes to alert the locals of the low lying area about the commencement of the process.
Around 10 lakh cusec of floodwater will flow near Mundali by Wednesday midnight. It is likely to trigger a medium-scale flood in Mahanadi river system, informed Water Resources Secretary PK Jena.
The Hirakud dam authorities have also alerted all the departments concerned as well as district administration of Sambalpur, Bargarh, Sonepur, Angul, Boudh, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Phulbani, Khordha, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Puri to take necessary safety measures.