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IMD Issues Rain Alert

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on Sunday received an alert from the India Meteorological Department(IMD) which forecast heavy rain in several districts till 21 September.

Accordingly Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) Office in a letter to all the District Collectors said that the situation may be closely monitored and action as deemed necessary be taken in case of any eventuality.

The IMD alert came when a large number of people living in low lying areas of River Basins of Mahanadi and Subarnarekha are yet to come out of the deluge situation created due to early this week’s extremely heavy rainfall.  

The IMD in its latest bulletin said that the cyclonic circulation over Northwest and adjoining Westcentral Bay of Bengal now lies over Northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining areas of North Odisha-West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts extends between 1.5 km & 5.8 km above mean sea level tilting southwestwards. This will case intense spell of rain may lash as many as 18 districts on Sunday till 8.30 AM of Monday.

IMD predicts that heavy rainfall very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Puri, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Nuapada, Balangir, Sonepur.

Meanwhile, the weather office said that light to moderate rain/ thundershower has occurred at many places over the districts of North Odisha, at a few places over the districts of South Odisha with Heavy Rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Sundergarh, Mayurbhanj and Ganjam.

For the day two on Monday, the IMD forecast says that heavy rainfall very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Bargarh, Nuapada, Bolangir.

“Details of incident, if any may be promptly be reported to the state government,” the SRC told the district collectors.