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Ramakanta Biswas

Incessant rainfall under the impact of low pressure area over coastal Odisha and neighbourhood has thrown the normal life out of gear in the State.

As per the latest forecast of the IMD, yesterday's Low Pressure Area over coastal Odisha & neighbourhood now lies over Northwest Bay of Bengal off north Odisha-West Bengal Coasts and the associated cyclonic circulation extends upto 7.6 km above mean sea level.

Under the impact of the system, light to moderate rain/thundershower have occurred at most places over the districts of Odisha while one or two places of Bargarh, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar and Cuttack experienced heavy rainfall. 

Bargarh has recorded 10 cm rainfall while Balipatna in Khordha and Raghunathpur (Jagatsinghpur) received 9 cm each, Deogaon (Jharsuguda) 8 cm and Ghasipura (Keonjhargarh), Banpur (Khurda), Alipingal (Jagatsinghpur), Lakhanpur (Jharsuguda) and Kantapada (Cuttack) got 7 cm each.  

The IMD Bhubaneswar in its special bulletin predicted that vulnerable hilly areas may witness landslides/mudslides in Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Bolangir, Boudh, Sonepur, Bargarh, Ganjam, Khorda and Puri districts where heavy to very heavy rainfall (7 to 20cm) is very likely to occur. 

Further, temporarily waterlogging in low lying areas, occasional reduction of visibility causing traffic congestion in urban areas and some damages to Kutcha roads and vulnerable Kutcha houses may also occur in these districts. 

Here is heavy rainfall warning for next five days:

Day-1: Light to moderate rain/thundershower very likely to occur at most places over the districts of Odisha. 

Day-2: Light to moderate rain/thundershower very likely to occur at most places over the districts of South Interior Odisha & many places over the rest districts of Odisha. 

Day-3: Light to moderate rain/thundershower very likely to occur at many places over the districts of Interior Odisha, Gajapati, Ganjam & at a few places over the rest districts of Odisha. 

Day-4: Light to moderate rain/thundershower very likely to occur at many places over the districts of South Interior Odisha, Gajapati, Ganjam & at a few places over the rest districts of Odisha. 

Day-5: Light to moderate rain/thundershower very likely to occur at many places over the districts of Interior Odisha, & at a few places over the districts of Coastal Odisha.  

Fisherman warning:

Under the influence of low pressure area over Northwest Bay of Bengal off north OdishaWest Bengal Coasts and strong monsoon flow. Squally weather with gusty surface wind speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph very likely over sea off Odisha coast adjoining west-central and North-west Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea off Odisha coast adjoining areas of West-Central and Northwest Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours.

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