After water degree within the reservoir of the Hirakud dam rose significantly on Friday, extra water was released from it resulting in inundation of low-lying areas in 5 districts of Odisha, officers stated.

Heavy rain within the higher catchment areas of the Mahanadi river elevated the water degree of the reservoir.

“Twelve of the 64 sluice gates were open in the evening as the water level at Hirakud dam touched 638.33 feet as against the full reservoir level of 630 feet,” he stated.

While 5 sluice gates have been open until Friday morning, seven extra gates have been opened in phases in the course of the day.

The influx of water at Hirakud dam was 2,52,199 cusec and outflow 2,16,380 cusec at 6 PM on Friday, whereas the movement of water at Munduli in Cuttack was measured at three,26,790 cusec, the official stated.

Several low-lying areas in Khurda, Cuttack, Puri, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts have been submerged by water from small distributaries of Mahanadi river following the discharge of extra water from Hirakud dam.

However, the Mahanadi and different main rivers in Odisha have been flowing under the hazard degree and there’s no concern of flood at this stage, the official stated.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Centre right here stated gentle to reasonable rainfall might lash many elements of Odisha until September 18 beneath the affect of the cyclonic circulation which now lies over Jharkhand and its neighbourhood.

While the depth of rainfall within the state subsided, thunderstorm with lightning is more likely to happen at some locations in Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Khurda, Nayagarh, Boudh, Kandhamal and Kalahandi districts on Saturday.

Odisha is being battered by heavy rain in numerous spells attributable to 5 low-pressure areas shaped over the Bay of Bengal since August. South and west Odisha have been additionally hit by flash floods attributable to incessant rain final month.

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