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Hirakud dam in Odisha closes all gates

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Burla, Oct 13:

Authorities of the Hirakud dam at Burla in Odisha’s Sambalpur district have closed all the 10 gates, which were opened to reduce the water level in anticipation of possible heavy inflow of flood water from upper catchment.

Hirakud damSources in the dam said that the authorities who had opened 15 gates on Friday evening, had closed five gates on Saturday.

After bringing down the water level of the reservoir to 625 feet from the optimum level of 630 feet, the authorities on late Sunday night closed the remaining 10 gates.

Water level of the reservoir was 624.89 feet by 6 pm on Sunday, sources said.

The reservoir was receiving 15, 000 cusecs of water while the same amount of water was released from through the power channels (10,000 cusecs) and canals (5000 cusecs), the sources added.

The rainfall recorded in the last 24 hours was 0.97 mm on the upper catchment and 8.49 mm in the lower catchment of Mahanadi river.

It may be mentioned here that following the prediction of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) of heavy rainfall in the upper catchments under the influence of cyclonic storm Hudhud, the dam authorities had opened 15 gates to bring down the water level of the dam to avert possible floods in the downstream areas.