Bhubaneswar, Aug 8: With comparatively less rainfall in the last three days, there was a welcome relief from flood situation in Odisha on Tuesday.
Discontinuance in torrential rain resulted in dropping of water level of several rivers, which were flowing above danger levels two-three days ago.
Receding water level of various rivers provided a much needed relief to thousands of people across the state, as it brought respite from the floods, water-logging and inundation.
However, with Indian Meteorology Department predicting more rains in the coming days, the fresh flood apprehension was yet to be completely ruled out, revealed sources.
People living in the low-lying areas of Mahanadi River system in Odisha also had a reason to feel relieved. With less rain in upper catchment area of River Mahanadi, the inflow of water into the dam decreased comparatively.
As a result of less water inflow, the Hirakud Dam authorities on Tuesday closed 10 sluice gates. Earlier 20 gates of the reservoir were opened to allow flood water to be released into downstream, official sources informed.