Bhubaneswar, Aug 13 (UNI) The government of Odisha was expecting a mini-flood on Aug 15 on the Mahanadi river system due to heavy rains on the upper and lower Mahanadi river basins.
State Water Resources Department Chief Engineer Bijay Mishra said the furloughs for the employees have been canceled and the employees are kept on high alert mode to counter any situation.
Mishra said senior officials have been dispatched to flood-prone areas and strict surveillance is being maintained on the river banks. Officials are responsible for monitoring the situation.
He said that at present, 28 sluice gates at Hirakud Dam have been opened and more gates are likely to open as the meteorology department has predicted heavy to very heavy over the course of for the next two days in Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
Mishra said due to heavy rains, urban flooding and waterlogging in low-lying areas of the state are also expected.
The EIC said 20 gates were opened on Friday and 8 gates were opened on Saturday.
Due to heavy rains, the water level in the reservoir is likely to rise, which will cause several valves to open.
The water level at Hirakud Reservoir at 3:00 p.m. was 617.08 feet. While the inflow was 4,66,155 cusecs, the outflow was 4,66,155 cusecs and 3,04,895 cusecs were discharged at Munduli at 3:00 p.m.
He said if more gates are opened, mini flooding is expected in downstream areas on the morning of August 15th.
Mishra said the Chhattisgarha government is pushing to open more gates but the gates would not be opened under pressure from the Chhattisgarh government but considering the situation on the ground.
According to official sources, except for Baitarani and Jalaka, all other rivers in the state are flowing well below the danger level as of 3:00 p.m. reports available.
While Baitarani flows at 18.08 feet at Akhuapada against the danger level of 17.83 meters, the Jalaka River flows at 6.30 meters at Mahtani against the danger level of 5.5 meters and both rivers rise.
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