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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the drought threat looming large over Odisha, several areas received rainfall in the last couple of days rekindling hopes among the farmers who were worried over the deficient rainfall.

Reports claimed that Odisha witnessed seasonal rainfall deficit of 28 %, however, the rains triggered by monsoon trough line in the past 48 hours is likely to reduce the overall rainfall deficit to a greater extent.

“Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places in Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Bargarh and Sonepur today. Similarly, heavy rain is likely to lash parts of Jharsuguda, Sonepur, Sundergarh, Mayurbhanj, Koraput and Boudh districts today,” said Prabhat Beuria, duty officer, Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar.

Beuria further informed that another low pressure system is likely to form over Bay of Bengal by July 31. If the system develops, it would trigger more rains in Odisha, he added.

According to latest reports by Bhubaneswar Regional Meteorological Centre, several parts of Odisha witnessed rainfall activity with Bolangir recording 101 mm of rain while Puri and Cuttack recorded 74 mm and 38 mm rainfall, respectively in the past 24 hours.

So far, Bolangir has received 39% deficient rainfall, Bolangir (-39%), Mayurbhanj (-37%), Balasore (-49%), Kandhamal (-38%) and Deogarh (-42%).

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