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IMD Issues Rain Alert

Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said heavy rainfall is likely to lash the State till September 13 with the intensification of a low pressure area formed over the Bay of Bengal.

The low pressure area formed over westcentral & adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh south Odisha coasts now lies as a well-marked low pressure area over the same region and the associated cyclonic circulation extends upto mid-tropospheric levels.

It is likely to concentrate into a depression over northwest & adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal off south Odisha – north Andhra Pradesh coasts during next 24 hours, the IMD said.

Under its impact, the IMD has forecasted heavy rainfall in several districts till September 13, and issued an orange warning for some places in the southern parts on September 10 and 11.

Very heavy rainfall (7 to 20 cm) is likely in some places Gajapati, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Bolangir, Koraput, Boudh and Nayagarh till 8.30 AM on September 11, the Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar said.

Some places in the districts of Nuapada, Sonepur, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Puri, Keonjhar, Malkangiri, Bargarh and Angul would also experience heavy rainfall today.

It forecast similar weather conditions in Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Bolangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Angul, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Rayagada, Koraput, Gajapati, Deogarh, Puri, Khordha and Cuttack districts for 24 hours from 8.30 AM on September 11.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall (7 to 11cm) very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Mayurbhanj, Kandhamal, Sonepur, Boudh, and Anguld district between 8.30 AM of September 12 to 8.30 AM of next day.

Some places of Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Nuapada, Bolangir, Kalahandi and Sonepur districts would also experience heavy rainfall on September 13.

The Met Department warned that the heavy rainfall may trigger landslides/mudslides in vulnerable hilly areas; temporarily water logging in low lying areas, occasional reduction of visibility causing traffic congestion in urban areas.

It is also likely to damage Kutcha roads and vulnerable Kutcha houses. There is also a possibility of wall collapse in vulnerable Kutcha houses, the weather office said.

Farmers are advised to harvest matured kharif crops and vegetables and make their storage safe.

Meanwhile, the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has issued a letter to all the district collectors asking them to remain prepared for any exigency.