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Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Regional Centre in Bhubaneswar on Thursday issued orange warning for 12 districts of the State-Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Bolangir, Bargarh, Sonepur, Angul, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Sundargarh and Keonjhar.

“The well-marked low-pressure over north Bay of Bengal will turn into a depression in next few hours and likely to move in towards the west direction. Under its influence, these districts are expected to witness very heavy rainfall,” said IMD Met Centre scientist Umashankar Das.

The South West Monsoon has been vigorous over the State during the last 24 hours for the first time this season after it made onset on June 11, the weather department has said.

“Odisha has recorded an average rainfall of 58.5 mm in the last 24 hours. Salepur witnessed the highest of 300 mm of rainfall followed by Nischintakoili with 297.5 mm and Nabarangpur 243 mm of rainfall. The State has received average cumulative rain of 739.7 mm between June 1 and August 19, which is 7% deficit,” the weather expert informed.

According to Met Office, Nabarangpur reported the highest rainfall at 130.6 mm followed by Cuttack (117.2 mm), Jajpur (111.8 mm), Koraput (100.8 mm) and Kendrapada (100.2 mm) in the last 24 hours, while Ganjam reported the lowest at 10.2 mm rain and Khordha witnessed 27.8 mm rain. As many as 10 districts have recorded more than 50 mm of rain during the period.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea for next 24 hours as wind with speed reaching up to 45 to 55 kmph likely to blow on and off the coast. Danger Warning Number 3 has been sounded at all ports across the State, the weather office stated adding that low-lying areas and kutchha houses may be affected due to incessant downpour.

No Flood Situation In State: Govt

Despite heavy rainfall over the past few days, State Water Resources Department said that there is no flood situation in Odisha as of now.

Odisha Revenue minister Sudam Marndi said, "Even though several rivers across the State including Jalaka River are in spate, the overall flood condition is stable.”

Two people were washed away in floodwater in Mayurbhanj and while one of them is missing, the other one is dead, he informed.

With a fresh low pressure likely to form in the Bay of Bengal around August 23, Marndi said “All district collectors, ODRAF and State Fire Services have been put on alert in view of possible low pressure on August 23. All the collectors have been asked to submit report on loss caused by the floods.”

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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