Vikash Sharma

Several parts of Odisha are witnessing enhanced rainfall activities under the influence of a well-marked low pressure area over the northwest Bay of Bengal.

The low pressure system had formed over north Bay of Bengal on Saturday. As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), the system is likely to concentrate into a depression.

IMD’s Regional Centre in Bhubaneswar on Sunday issued an advisory for heavy rainfall activities in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

As per the advisory, light to moderate rain/thunderstorm with one or two spells of intense (2-3 cm/hour) rainfall is likely to occur in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar today. The alert will remain valid till 9:30 pm today.

The intense spell of rainfall might cause waterlogging conditions in several low-lying areas of the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. Besides, there could be traffic disruptions and congestion due to poor visibility.

As per IMD, 21 places in Odisha recorded very heavy rainfall (115.6 to 204.4 mm) in the past 24 hours while 73 places recorded heavy rainfall (64.5mm to 115.5 mm). Hemgiri in Sundargarh district recorded highest 200.4 mm of rainfall,followed by Astaranga (Puri ) 168 mm and Banki (Cuttack) 162 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours.