Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

A thick blanket of fog engulfed Bhubaneswar on Friday morning which led to significant drop in the visibility and disruption in the vehicular movement.

Sources said dense fog started enveloping the State capital since midnight and was witnessed till the morning today. As a result, visibility was reduced to as low as 10 metres in different parts of the city.

Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar predicted that under the impact of western disturbance, several parts of the State are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall for the next four days starting from today.

“A western disturbance will pass through the northward location. Under its effect, several districts of Odisha will experience light to moderate rainfall from January 21-24,” said HR Biswas, Director of Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar.

“Coastal districts, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj will experience light rainfall today. Some places of Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, Deogarh and few parts of the north interior districts will see light to moderate rainfall on Saturday,” said Biswas adding that the rainfall activities are likely to increase on Sunday.

Moderate rainfall is likely to occur in Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara on Sunday. Other districts will experience light to moderate rainfall in few isolated places, said Biswas.

“The intensity of rainfall is likely to decrease on Monday. But Coastal areas and adjoining districts of interior Odisha may witness rainfall activities in isolated places. Bhubaneswar will also experience light to moderate rainfall on January 23 and 24,” he added.

(Edited by Ramakant Biswas)