--Eight gates closed as Hirakud dam in view of rainfall in upper catchment area. Floodwater was being released through 4 gates. .
Sambalpur, Sep 24: Hirakud dam authorities closed eight gates to lessen release of floodwater from the reservoir in view of less rains in the upper catchment area. With this, excess water is being released through four gates now.
While excess water was being released through 12 gates earlier, the dam authorities closed eight gates as receipt of water lessened to 94,785 cusec water. The dam is now releasing 1,77,349 cusec water into Mahanadi.
The water level of the reservoir was recorded at 629.02 cubic feet by 6pm today against its water holding capacity is 630 cubic feet.