Heavy rainfall forecast for Odisha, collectors asked to remain alert: SRC

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Bhubaneswar:  The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) on Sunday asked collectors in several parts of Odisha to remain alert in view the heavy rain forecast issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) for the next 3 days.

The IMD Bhubaneswar has forecast heavy rain in north, interior and coastal parts of the state till July 20. The proportion of rain will come down after Thursday.

Official sources said, a low pressure area has formed over NorthWest Bay of Bengal off North Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal coast. The system is further likely to intensify into a depression.

Under its influence, heavy rainfall is likely to occur at few places in coastal and all parts of interior Odisha in the next 24 hours while South and adjoining coastal areas would experience very heavy rainfall till July 18.

Meanwhile, one person was killed while two others were injured after wall of a house collapsed in Gop block of Puri district on Sunday.

There are also reports of house collapse under heavy rainfall that lashed Bargarh town in the last 24 hours. Nearly 60 persons have been rehabilitated to safer places by the municipal corporation.

Due to heavy rainfall in upper catchment areas, the Hati river is in spate. One foot water is flowing over a bridge on the Hati river near Junagarh causing a halt in vehicular movement from Bhawanipatna to Jaipatna, Nabarangpur and Koraput.

On the other hand, vehicular traffic from Gunapur to Kashipur and T.Rampur has been affected as water is flowing at five feet over a bridge on Nagabali river near Gunapur.

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