Maharashtra: Heavy rain raises water level

Aurangabad: Vishnupuri Dam in Nanded district, over 250 kms from Aurangabad, began overflowing on Saturday-Sunday after heavy rains in the region, an official said.

Nine gates of the dam had to be opened for 18 hours to release 1.20 lakh cusec (cubic foot per second) water into the Godavari River, an irrigation department official said, adding that three of the dam's 18 gates continue to be kept open to regulate the water level.

“We opened the gates at 7am on Saturday. Presently, there is no rain in the area. The three gates currently open are discharging 40,000 cusec of water,” Irrigation Department Engineer Shrishail Bodhale told PTI.

He said Vishnupuri Dam has water storage capacity of 80.79 million cubic metres. According to the India Meteorological Department website, Nanded received 40 millimetres of rain in a 24-hour period ending at 8.30am on Saturday.

The Met office has predicted rain and thunder showers for Nanded between October 28 and 31.

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