Sharmili Mallick

The depression over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha coast has intensified into a deep depression on Monday morning.

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“The Depression intensify into a Deep Depression & crossed north Odisha coast near Chandbali by today i.e. 13th September early morning,” tweeted the Regional Meteorological Department in Bhubaneswar. On the other hand, CWC has issued advisory for several Odisha districts as major rivers and their tributaries continue to swell.

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Under its influence, several parts of Odisha, including Cuttack and Bhubaneswar have been receiving heavy rainfall leading to water-logging in low-lying areas.

Meanwhile, Puri received the maximum 341 mm rainfall followed by Paradip (210 mm), Bhubaneswar (195 mm), Gopalpur (64 mm), Chandabali (46 mm) and Balasore (24 mm) so far, informed the Met Centre.

The Met Centre has also predicted extremely heavy rainfall in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar in the next few hours and advised people to stay alert during these hours.

Moreover, the weather office has also issued red warning for eight districts - Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Dhenkanal, Ganjam, Gajapati, Nayagarh and Kendrapara. These districts are likely to witness intense spells of rainfall.

Similarly, orange warning has been issued for Khordha, Boudh, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Angul, Jajpur districts for next 3 hours.

Meanwhile, many low-lying areas in the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar went under water following heavy downpours since Sunday afternoon.

Most of the streets, sahis and lanes in different parts of Cuttack were waterlogged while the Badambadi Bus Stand area has remained inundated since yesterday affecting normal life in the millennium city.

“All the lanes are waterlogged due to the rainfall since morning. Drains are choked and roads are also not visible due to which cycling has become difficult,” said a milkman in Badambadi area in Cuttack.

Similarly, trees and electricity poles were uprooted in Paradip due to heavy rainfall and strong winds disrupting vehicular movement in many places of the port city.