No fear of floods now as no rains predicted for five days

Bhubaneswar: Fear of floods in the State has gone out of site now as almost all rivers, including Mahanadi, are flowing much below danger level amidst a break in rainfall, according to reports.

The water level of Hirakud Dam was 620.19 ft against its maximum level of 630 ft. The dam was receiving 1,41,174 cusec waters and releasing 1,74,312 cusecs by 6 am this morning.

“The water levels of Mahanadi, Rushikulya, Brahmani, Banshadhar, Jalaka and other rivers have been recorded much below their danger levels. While rainfall has lessened drastically in the upper catchment area, the water level of Hirakud Dam is unlikely to rise further. Besides, there is no possibility of heavy rains in any part of the State in the next seven days. Thus, there is no fear of floods in the next week,” said Water Resources Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena.

Jena said floodwater is now being released through 10 sluice gates and, if required, some gates will be closed soon.

However, weathermen have predicted that light rainfalls might occur in some districts.

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