Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Amid the respite from the severe heat wave conditions across Odisha due to Nor’wester triggered rainfall in the last couple of days, the Twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar experienced severe rainfall accompanied with lightning and gusty winds late Saturday night. 

Vehicular movement along the roads was reportedly halted and different low-lying areas were submerged in rainwater. People in many areas suffered the most due to power outage and waterlogging. Even water entered the houses of the people residing in low-lying areas.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Bhubaneswar received 76.8 mm rainfall last night and it is the highest amount of rainfall in the Capital City in the current year. While Paradip experienced 51.4 mm rainfall, Puri witnessed 37.8 mm rainfall. Similarly, Balasore and Chandbali recorded 35mm and 32 mm rainfalls respectively.

Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar has issued warning for thunderstorm activities in several parts of Odisha till May 15. The Met office has also issued Yellow Warning for severe rainfall, thunderstorm and lightning activities in as many as four districts of the State on Sunday. These districts are Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur. Alert has also been issued for 15 more districts for lightning and gusty wind up to 30-50kms per hour.

IMD has further predicted that the heat wave condition is likely to return to Odisha from May 17. The day time temperature is likely to increase at several places in the State from May 17-23.