Ramakanta Biswas

The well marked low pressure area over the northwest adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal off south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coasts has intensified into a depression, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.

Under the impact of the system, widespread rainfall has occurred in several districts of the State in the past 24 hours.

 The weather office has issued Red Warning for four districts- Bargarh, Sambalpur, Angul and Keonjhar. 

“Heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely to occur at a few places (7 to 20cm) with extremely heavy rainfall (>20cm) at isolated places over the districts of Bargarh, Sambalpur, Angul and Keonjhar,” the weather office said in its bulletin.

Similarly, Orange warning (heavy to very heavy rainfall (7 to 20cm)) has been issued for 14 districts-Sonepur, Bolangir, Boudh, Deogarh, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur.

Moreover, the weather office issued Yellow Warning for 12 districts. “Heavy rainfall (7 to 11cm) very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Khordha, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nawarangpur, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Puri, and Rayagada,” it said.

As per Met agency data, Koshagumuda of Nabarangpur district recorded highest rainfall of 161.0 mm in the last 24 hours. 

As many as eight stations in the State recorded very heavy rainfall while 44 stations recorded heavy rainfall.

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