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Alert On Heavy Rains

Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena has alerted District Collectors as heavy to very heavy rainfall accompanied by high-velocity wind is likely to batter several coastal districts till 24 October.

Mr.Jena has asked senior officials and engineers to remain alert and prepared to deal with any possible waterlogging and landslides. 

The low-pressure system, which had turned well marked on Wednesday, further concentrated into a depression over northwest and adjoining west-central Bay of Bengal and moved with a speed of 11 kmph, the India Meteorological Centre here said. 

It lay centered about 150 km south-southeast of Paradip in Odisha, 320 km south-southwest of Sagar Islands in West Bengal and 470 km southwest of Khepupara in Bangladesh. 

It is likely to intensify further into a deep depression by 23 October, the MeT Center informed. 

It is expected to move north-northeast wards and cross the coasts as a deep depression between Sagar Islands and Khepupara over Sundarbans by 23 October afternoon, the MeT Centre said. While several parts of the state have been experiencing rainfall of varying intensity over the last two days due to the low-pressure system, light to moderate rain or thundershower may occur at most places over coastal Odisha. 

It is also expected that some areas of Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Kandhamal, Rayagada and Boudh in the next two days amid the festivities.Under the influence of the depression, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to lash some places of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts till Friday. 

Squally weather with wind speed up to 50 kmph is likely to prevail along the area of coastline over these districts, the MeT Centre said. Some parts of Puri, Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj districts are also likely to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall during the period. 

Similarly, heavy rainfall is likely to occur in some areas of Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur districts on Friday and Saturday, MeT Center informed.