Bhubaneswar: A Low Pressure area has formed over Northwest Bay of Bengal & adjoining Odisha is most likely to trigger torrential rain in most parts of the State from today. The weather condition would continue till June 14, according to a forecast by the IMD.
“Under the influence of Yesterday's cyclonic circulation over Northwest Bay of Bengal, a Low Pressure Area has formed over Northwest Bay of Bengal & adjoining Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal coasts with the associated cyclonic circulation extending up to mid-tropospheric levels. It is likely to become *more marked during subsequent 24 hours and move west-northwestwards across Odisha,” a statement issued by the India Metrological Department said.
Under the influence of the low pressure, districts like Malkanagiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur are likely to experience heavy rain today.
Similarly, rainfall activity will continue till tomorrow in the districts like in Kendrapara, Jagstsinghpur, Cuttack, Angul, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Sonepur .
The incessant downpour may trigger flood-like situation in major rivers of Odisha and cause severe damage to kutcha roads. In view of such prediction, the Met department has issued Orange warning for aforementioned 20 districts from June 11 to 13.
Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has already directed all Collectors and Municipal Commissioners to take precautionary measures in this regard.
He said that flash flood like situation may arise in rivers, nullahs and water bodies due to continuous rainfall activity. Landslides may occur in hilly areas. Low lying regions in both urban and rural areas are likely to be waterlogged, the SRC said.
The Water Resources Department has also directed all its officials not to leave the headquarters under any circumstances. The Department has also directed the concerned officials to keep close watch on the weak river embankments with intensifying patrolling.
Notably, the south west monsoon has already entered Odisha on June 10.