With several places in Orissa already reeling under the impact of floods, 11 districts in the state have been put on alert due to a likely release of 10 lakh cusec of water from the Hirakud dam on Thursday, officials said on Wednesday.
“About 10 lakh cusec water is likely to be discharged at Mundali near Cuttack tomorrow which will create a flood situation in the Mahanadi river system. Kindly alert field functionaries and draw emergency plan to meet any situation," a state government directive to Collectors of 11 districts located by the side of the river, said.
Revenue and Disaster Management Minister S N Patro, however, said 14 lakh cusec water had flown to Mundali in the past.
The districts located in Mahanadi delta area were required to remain extra alert for the situation.