Ramakanta Biswas

In the wake of likely formation of a low pressure area during the next 24 hours, the Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) on Sunday issued advisory to Collectors of all districts.

As per the IMD, the low pressure area over south Jharkhand and neighbourhood is likely to bring heavy to very heavy rainfall in several districts of the State.

The cyclonic circulation over Bangladesh & neighbourhood now lies over south Jharkhand & neighbourhood and extends upto 5.8 km above mean sea level, as per the special bulletin-2 issued by the IMD today.     

 Under its influence, a low pressure area is likely to form over the same region during the next 24 hours. 

Widespread light to moderate rainfall activity with isolated heavy (7 to 11 cm) to very heavy (11 to 20 cm) rainfall at one or two places is likely to occur during the next 4 to 5 days over some districts of Odisha. 

The MeT office has issued 'yellow warning' for 24 districts for today while orange warning has been issued for eight districts for the next 24 hours in view of the rainfall activities.

In view of the heavy rainfall forecast, the SRC has asked the district collectors to closely monitor the situation. 

“Districts under orange and yellow warning to remain prepared to meet any water logging in low lying areas/ including urban areas. Keep arrangement for drainage of excess water,” the advisory read.

The collectors have also been asked to submit a report on the damage, if occurred due to heavy rainfall.