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LoPar To Trigger Rains

Bhubaneswar: A fresh low pressure area is likely to form over northwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours. Under its impact, heavy rainfall activity began in several parts of the state from today.  

The cyclonic circulation formed over east central Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood, now lies over central parts of Bay of Bengal & adjoining north Bay of Bengal. It will convert into a low pressure area in the next 24 hours. Under its impact, heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur in several parts of Odisha till September 15, IMD said.

Current meteorological features indicate that widespread light to moderate rainfall activity with scattered heavy to very heavy will occur in some districts of Odisha during next 2 to 3 days. Besides, thunderstorms with lightning activity would occur during the next 24 hours, it said.

In past 24 hours, the highest 208 mm rainfall was recorded at Semiliguda in Koraput district, followed by 161.7 mm at Jeypore (Koraput), 146 mm at Papadahandi (Nabarangpur) and 101 mm at Koraput town.

Scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall (7 to 20 cm) with isolated extremely heavy (>20cm) over the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Kandhamal till tomorrow morning.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall (7 to 20cm) very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Nuapada, Sonepur, Boudh, Nayagarh, Khordha, Puri, Ganjam, Gajapati, and Rayagada, the IMD said in its bulletin.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday issued a red warning of scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall (7 to 20 cm) with isolated extremely heavy (>20cm) for Odisha for two days.

Red warning has been sounded for Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Balangir and Kandhamal districts on Tuesday (September 12) and Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Angul, Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur, Kandhamal and Ganjam on Wednesday (September 11).

Due to the heavy downpour, flash flood/water logging would occur in low lying areas, while landslides may occur in vulnerable hilly areas, the IMD said.

It has advised to make arrangements for drainage of excess water and to avoid movement in affected areas. Farmers have been advised to postpone application of fertilizers in agricultural fields.