Even as the low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal has brought heavy rainfall to many districts of Odisha in the last couple of days, the IMD on Thursday predicted that there will be no respite from the wet spell for the next five days.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast the formation of a fresh low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal around August 13 that is likely to bring more rain for the next five days.
“A fresh low pressure area is likely to form over North Bay of Bengal around 13 August, 2022 . It is likely to become more marked during subsequent 24 hours and move west-northwestwards thereafter,” informed Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre Scientist Umashankar Das.
“Under the influence of the system, heavy to heavy rainfall is likely to lash many districts on August 13 and 14 . The rainfall will be the highest on August 14 and might slightly decrease by August 15,” Das added.
The IMD has predicted that heavy rain might lead to landslides in hilly regions and cause water logging in low-lying areas. Moreover, surface wind speed gusting up to 60 kmph is likely to prevail along and off Odisha coast.
On the other hand, a flood-like situation is expected on Mahanadi due to excess rainfall in the upper catchment areas of Chhattisgarh. More water is entering Hirakud dam due to heavy rainfall in Chhattisgarh.
Many other rivers are in spate submerging low-lying areas and severely disrupting road communication.
Furthermore, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea and collectors have been directed to remain prepared to handle any emergency.