The deep depression crossed Digha between 7pm and 8pm on Friday as captured from Paradeep radar, informed Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena on Friday. The system will continue to move west-northwestwards and adjoining North Odisha coasts between Balasore and Sagar Island.
The movement of the deep depression has triggered incessant rainfall in North Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Bhadrak.
As reported, IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Sundergarh districts under the influence of the deep depression.
The system will pass from Mayurbhanj, Sundergarh, Keonjhar and later move towards Jharkhand. Then after, it will move towards North Chhattisgarh during the next 24 hours and will weaken gradually.
Under the impact, Balasore will experience heavy to very heavy rainfall with a wind speed of 25-30km/hr. The district has recorded 25mm rainfall in the last two hours, the SRC added.
Meanwhile, the IMD has also warned that under its influence, squally surface wind is expected in coastal areas of Odisha. Moreover, the IMD also has issued a ‘red warning’ of heavy rainfall in Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Bhadrak districts. The alert will remain valid till August 20.
Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall for another six to eight hours tonight and later move towards Sundargarh.
"We have directed the district collectors to visit the blocks and set up relief camps and relocate people from low-lying areas to safe centres. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated from Balasore town," said Jena.
Moreover, ODRAF and NDRF have been pressed in different areas of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Balasore.
District-wise wind speed:
August 19, 2022
Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj: Squally wind speed reaching 50 to 60kmph gusting to 70kmph
Kendrapara, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Puri, Khordha, Ganjam and Keonjhar: Squally wind speed reaching 40 to 50kmph gusting to 60kmph.
Dhenkanal, Nayagarh and Gajapati: Squally wind speed reaching 30 to 40kmph gusting to 50kmph
Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Ganjam, Sundargarh, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj: Squally wind speed reaching 40 to 50kmph, gusting to 60kmph.
Jajpur, Cuttack, Nayagarh, Khordha, Dhenkanal, Angul, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Bargarh and Jharsuguda: Squally wind speed reaching 30 to 40kmph, gusting to 50kmph.