Vikash Sharma

The southwest monsoon is now active and several parts of Odisha experienced very heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours. As per India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Regional Centre in Bhubaneswar, seven districts in Odisha experienced heavy rainfall (115.6 mm to204.4 mm).

Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district experienced the highest 171.6 mm of rainfall, followed by Jharigaon (Nabarangpur) 147.8 mm, Dabugaon (Nabarangpur) 141 mm, Kotpad (Koraput) 129 mm, Guagada (Gajapati) 125.2 mm, R.Udaygiri (Gajapati) 120.4 mm and Boden (Nuapada) 120 mm of rainfall.

Apart from this, 17 other districts also experienced heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours. IMD further informed that yesterday’s low pressure area is active over the coastal belt. The system is likely to become well marked in the next 36 hours.

Meanwhile, normal life in several parts of the State has been affected due to incessant rainfall. The heavy rainfall for the past two days in Malkangiri district has now attributed to rise in the water level of small and major rivers in the region. The district administration is reportedly keeping a close watch on the situation.

As excess rainwater is flowing on the road near Nilipaka, the vehicular traffic and road communication from Malkangiri to Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh have been affected.