Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, July 23:
While floodwater in most of the rivers was receding in Odisha due to no rainfall in the last 48 hours, the state government is on high alert as the Hirakud Dam authorities are going to release the first floodwater of Mahanadi river from the reservoir tomorrow.
Sources in the Mundali Barrage Control Room in Cuttack district said nearly 6 lakh cusecs of floodwater would pass through the Mundali barrage on the outskirts of Cuttack by tomorrow morning.
Despite no rainfall in the upper catchments of Mahanadi in the last 48 hours, there is a rise in the water level of the river as the floodwater of Tel and Hati rivers has entered the river.
By noon, 4,58,000 cusecs of water was passing through the barrage while the water level at the barrage was rising by two feet every three hours.
However, with the release of 5,62,000 cusecs of water from Khairamal barrage this afternoon, around 6 lakh cusecs of water is expected to pass through Mundali barrage by tomorrow morning, the sources added.
Besides, the Hirakud Dam authorities have also announced the release of floodwater from tomorrow.
“Despite this, there is no immediate flood threat”, said Kamal Lochan Das, junior engineer, Mundali Barrage.
SS Rout, district emergency officer, Cuttack, claimed there is no flood-like situation in the district. However, the district administration has been keeping a close watch and is ready to tackle the situation if it worsens.
As per the latest report, 4,58,000 cusecs of water was passing through the Mundali Barrage and 2,80,000 cusecs of water from Jobra Barrage by 3 PM today.