Odisha braces for flood as Mahanadi swells after incessant rain

 Officials say Odisha is dealing with a possible flood situation in some districts, with the  Mahanadi River rising after heavy rains in the catchment areas over the past few days.   As part of an effort to deal with the situation, the state government has closed eight more valves in the Hirakud reservoir, they said. Officials say torrential rains in  upper and lower basins have caused water levels in all tributaries of the Mahanadi to rise.   Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena said a lot of water has flooded into the Hirakud Reservoir due to heavy rains in parts of the Chhattisgarh watershed.   The situation worsened when the Tel River overflowed more than 30,000 cusec into the Mahanadi River instead of the expected 1.5 lakh cusec, he said.   We must close the eight gates of the Hirakud Dam to moderate flooding in  the  medium term. Jena told reporters on Monday that the water was drained through 26 doors instead of 34 on Sunday.   As of 6 p.m. Monday, 10.41 lakh cusecs of wate