Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Deep Depression (Remnant of the Cyclonic Storm Michaung further weakened into a Depression over Northeast Telangana and adjoining south Chhattisgarh-south interior Odisha and Coastal AP on Wednesday morning, informed the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The system is hovering about 50 km east-northeast of Khammam. It is likely to weaken further into a Well-Marked Low-Pressure Area in next six hours.

“The system is moving at around 11kmph towards north and has laid centrerd over north-east Telangana and south-west Odisha border. It is likely to move more towards Chhattisgarh and weaken into a Low Pressure," the IMD said.

Under its influence, some southern Odisha districts have experienced heavy rainfall since last night. As per the IMD, Pottangi in Koraput recorded 106 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, the highest in Odisha. Semiliguda recorded 86 mm and 67.2mm rainfall was recorded in Koraput town.

The weather is expected to remain cloudy with rains in many places in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the farmers in Gajapati’s Mohana block are likely to suffer loss as rainwater inundated their farmlands which threatens to damage their crops. And the rains have become more intense since this morning.

“The rain came before we could harvest our crop completely and take it to safer place. A lot of crops have been damaged. We have availed loans to grow paddy. But this rain destroyed all our hopes,” lamented a farmer in Mohana.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Odisha government and district administration have already advised farmers to take their harvested crops to safer places and not leave them out in the open.

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  • Mihir Jati