Sambalpur: The Hirakud Dam authorities have opened two more sluice gates of the reservoir to release floodwater. A total of 42 gates have been opened so far to handle the situation.
The water level has reached an alarming level in the reservoir following incessant rainfall in the upper catchments of Mahanadi River.
The water level in the dam recorded was 626.27 ft against the optimal storage capacity of 630 ft.
Till Friday evening, Hirakud Dam authorities had opened up 40 sluice gates.