Sambalpur, Sep 21: The Hirakud Dam authorities today opened two sluice gates to release floodwater to downstream Mahanadi.
Water level of the Hirakud dam stood at 628.71 feet as against the full reservoir level of 630 feet on Monday.
The dam is releasing 48, 737 cusec water through 2 sluice gates today while the inflow of water into the dam reservoir was 47, 325 cusec.
The gates have been opened following heavy rainfall in upper catchment and rise in water level in the reservoir, said a senior official.
Notably, all gates of the Hirakud Reservoir were closed on September 18. As many as 46 gates of the reservoir were opened this year to control floodwaters.