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Hirakud Dam releases water through 8 gates

Bhubaneswar: The Hirakud Dam in Sambalpur district released excess water into the downstream Mahanadi through eight sluice gates by 6 am on Sunday.

The reservoir was receiving 1,38,182 cubic feet water per second (cusec water) from the upper catchment area of the river and releasing 1,50,887 cusec water into the downstream through eight rivers.

The water of the dam was 628.04 ft against its water holding capacity level of 630 ft. It may be noted that the Hirakud Dam authorities had earlier announced to maintain the water level between 610-20 ft. 

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