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Heavy Downpour In Coastal Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Many parts of the coastal districts and some parts of adjoining areas receiving heavy downpour since yesterday morning under the impact of a trough line now runs over north interior Tamil Nadu to Gangetic West Bengal across Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.

As per India Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin, heavy to very heavy rainfall would continue to occur in some parts of Khurda, Puri, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Gajapati, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur today and tomorrow.

At least eight places in Odisha received more than 100 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours. Chhatrapur in Ganjam district recorded the highest 137.6 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, followed by Aska in the same district with 135.2 mm, the IMD said.

While Puri received 124 mm rainfall during the period, Belaguntha recorded 123.3 mm rainfall, followed by Bhanjanagar (119 mm), Digapahandi (119 mm), Banpur (107 mm) and Gopalpur (100.4 mm).

The weather forecasting department has advised farmers in the likely affected districts to take care of their harvests.   

Meanwhile, a fresh low pressure area has formed over south Andaman Sea and adjoining Thailand coast on Saturday morning, the Bhubaneswar Met Centre said.

The system is likely to move west-northwestwards and concentrate into a depression over north Andaman Sea & adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal by 15 November. Then, it is likely to continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further and reach near Andhra Pradesh coast around 18 November, it said.

Under its impact, heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Ganjam and Gajapati on November 17, Das further informed.

Squally wind with speed 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph is likely to occur over west-central adjoining east Bay of Bengal during 16-18 November and commence, along & off Andhra Pradesh & south Odisha coasts from 17 November, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar said in a bulletin.

Therefore, the IMD’s regional centre has advised fishermen not to venture into deep sea areas of west-central Bay of Bengal during 16-18 November and along and off south Odisha coasts on 17 & 18 November.