While river Mahanadi is already swollen and flows
above danger level at several points, rain is expected to continue in Odisha for
another 24 hours due to the low pressure that turned into a deep depression
centred over Northeast Madhya Pradesh and Neighbourhood close to South of Sidhi,
as per the alert issued by MET department.
More rain in the upper catchment areas of river
Mahanadi in Chhattisgarh would lead to further swelling of the river and more
inflow of water to Hirakud reservoir.
As reviewed by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik,
on August 6, 2014 in the morning, the reservoir water level at Hirakud has
remained 628 ft. against the full capacity of 630 ft. and 40 sluice gates are
opened to release water downstream. About 11.5 lakh cusec water is expected to
pass through Mundali barrage by midnight, said a release from the CM's Office.
The reservoir is likely to receive more water
as Chhattisgarh has released over 1.64 lakh cusecs of water from Gangrel dam in
Dhamtari, 10,880 cusecs from Sondur, 7,648 cusecs from Dudhawa and about 25,000
cusecs of water from Sikasar dam in Gariyaband. According to MET department
alert, heavy downpour is likely to continue for another two days in
In such a case, the number of sluice gates
opened would increase to release more water from the reservoir.