Bhubaneswar, Aug. 5: The Odisha government is on alert after a forecast of heavy rainfall in several parts of the state. Citizens have been advised to be prepared for waterlogging and continuous light showers,
A low-pressure area over the north Bay of Bengal is about to culminate into heavy rainfall clouds in some parts of the state, reported the Bhubaneswar unit of the Indian Meteorological Regional Department. The rainfall is likely to hit massively in the coastal areas in the next two to three days.
IMD weather expert Umashankar Das said, “A cyclonic storm has formed above the Bay of Bengal that stretches to 7.16km above the mean sea level. Coupling with the low-pressure area, it has the potential to cause heavy downpour in many areas.”
As per the regional IMD, the districts of Balasore, Dhenkanal, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj, Boudh, Sonepur, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Cuttack are likely to receive heavy rainfall in the next few days.
Coastal rainfall warning
It has been observed that 40-45Kmph wind speed from Bengal (central part) is likely to hit Odisha and other parts as well.
Due to these warnings, the IMD has issued proper guidelines to fishermen, who have been asked not to go into the sea till tomorrow. Strict rules have been imposed on them.
According to some sources, the rainfall may hit a higher measure this year as compared to last year.
Also, heavy rain is expected again in a few days. The IMD predicted slightly lighter showers on Thursday and Friday. However, frequency might increase soon after.
The state may experience heavy floods and waterlogging till the end of the month. Apart from Odisha, Kerala, Bihar and Assam are the states which fall on the same spectrum and they are also experiencing heavy rainfall.
Assam and Bihar are the most affected states among the others. The state has so-far recorded 562.4mm of rainfall. Puri district has also witnessed 51 per cent deficit rainfall, followed by Khurda with 47 per cent. Districts like Jajpur and Kendrapara have experienced 44 per cent deficit rainfall this year.