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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Aug 5:

The first flood water of the season was released from Hirakud dam in Odisha’s Sambalpur district today.

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While sluice gate no. 7 was opened first for the release of water, as many as ten gates would be opened today in phases, sources said.

Collectors of Sambalpur, Bargarh, Subarnapur, Angul, Boudh, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Kandhamal, Khordha, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Puri have been asked to remain on alert, said an official.

“In case we open ten gates, the outflow will be 1.5 lakh cusec per hour and there is no possibility of floods downstream of Mahanadi. However, we would like to inform people residing on the banks of Mahanadi and its distributaries that due to the release of floodwater, level will rise. We would request them to remain on alert to avoid any untoward incident,” informed Pradip Jena, Principal Secretary, Water Resources Department to reporters yesterday.