State Alert On Rains

Pradeep Jena, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) issued an advisory on Friday and asked all District Collectors to be prepared to tackle the eventuality.

With the IMD predicting unseasonal rain and dense fog in 11 districts of Odisha, Mr.Jena in a letter to all District Collectors said that the IMD has predicted thunderstorm and dense fog in Odisha till 10 February.
IMD Bhubaneswar Centre has predicted rain, thunderstorm and dense fog at isolated places in several districts of Odisha during from February 6 to 10.
"The situation may be closely monitored and appropriate steps taken to face any eventuality," the SRC Directive said.
"During dense fog, movement of vehicles on highways may be regulated with the help of police and transport officials to prevent road accident," he advised.

Disaster incident/ damage, if any, may be reported to the state emergency operation centre immediately for information of the government, the SRC said in the letter.
The IMD in its forecast said that apart from rain, strong winds with speed reaching 30-40 kmph will blow in all the 11 districts.
Light to moderate rainfall along with lightning and thunderstorm will occur in several districts in the next 24 hours, the duty officer of Bhubaneswar Met office, Charan Behera, said on 7 February.
Mr.Behera said the districts such as Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Puri and Nayagarh will witness such weather conditions.

"Heavy rain is also likely to lash the costal districts of Sambalpur, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam and Puri," he said, adding that yellow warning has been issued for six districts - Angul, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Keonjhar.

The IMD further informed that after the rains subside, cold wave conditions in the state will intensify as the temperature will drop by a few degrees, especially in the interior regions, it said.

The night temperature may gradually fall by 3-5 degrees Celsius across the state after February 10, it said.

Meanwhile, many parts of the State experienced rainfall due to a cyclonic circulation, reported IMD.

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