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Mrunal Manmay Dash

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday sounded alert for 10 districts of Odisha ahead of likely heavy rains on August 5.

The districts included Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Kendrapara.

A monsoon trough line at mean sea level now passes through Amritsar, Chandigarh, Bareilly, Fursatganj, Varanasi, Daltonganj, Balasore and east-southeastwards to northeast Bay of Bengal. The north-south trough line stretched from south Chhattisgarh to Comorin area across Telangana, Rayalaseema and Tamilnadu at 0.9 km above mean sea level has become less marked.

As per the IMD bulletin, thunderstorm with lightning is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Sonepur, Boudh, Nuapada, Balangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri over next 24 hours. The Met department has issued a yellow warning for these districts.

The twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar are likely to witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or thunderstorm. Maximum and minimum temperature is very likely to be around 35°C and 26°C respectively, informed the department.

The southwest monsoon has been subdued over Odisha. However, light to moderate rain/ thundershower have occurred at many places over the districts of south interior Odisha, at a few places over the districts of North Odisha and at one or two places over the districts of South Coastal Odisha. The districts of Dhenkanal, Bhadrak and Rayagada witnessed heavy rainfall at one or two places in last 24 hours.

Kamakhyanagar in Dhenkanal received the highest (11cm) rainfall on Tuesday.

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