Bhubaneswar: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued thunderstorm and lightning warning in 14 districts of Odisha. It has also forecast heavy rainfall in the southern regions of the State in the next 48 hours.
The districts which have been put on alert are Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Deogarh, Cuttack, Puri, Gajapati, Rayagada and Koraput.
Thunderstorm with lightning likely to occur in the 14 districts, the IMD said in its bulletin advising the people in these areas to take shelter in nearby building or other safety locations.
Similarly in another warning, the IMD said that heavy rainfall was likely to occur in one or two places in south Odisha in the next 48 hours.
Meanwhile, sources in the Meteorological Centre here said that rainfall has occured in the districts of Malkangiri, Balangir, Koraput, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Sundergarh, Keonjhar, Jharsuguda, Jagatsinghpur, Angul, Khurda, and Balasore.