Sharmili Mallick

Malkangiri/Bhubaneswar: Heavy rain lashed several parts of Odisha triggering flood-like situation in Malkangiri cutting-off several parts of the district.

Communication in the district has been severely affected with rainwater flowing above several low-lying bridges in Poteru, Kankoraokonda, Kanyashram, MV-90 and Korkunda areas today. Road connectivity between Malkangiri and Kalimela, Kalimela and Padia & Motu areas has totally snapped because of the submerged bridges. Many roads to remote areas of the district have been flooded on account of torrential rain.

Meanwhile, the Met department has predicted heavy rainfall activity in the next couple of days. A cyclonic circulation formed over Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a low pressure within one or two days, informed Met office sources. As a result, rainfall activity will further increase across Odisha from August 1 even as the State has been experiencing heavy rain since the last few days.

“A cyclonic circulation lies over northwest Bay of Bengal & the neighborhood, which extends up to 7.6km above mean sea level and under its influence a low pressure area is likely to form during the next 2-3 days,” informed Duty Officer of Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, Madhusudan Mishra.

Several parts of the State will receive medium to heavy rainfall under the influence of the low pressure while heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur in some districts including Kalahandi, Koraput, Kandhamal and Malkangiri within 24 hours, said Mishra.

Similarly, nine districts of the State will receive heavy rain in the next 24 hours. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also warned fishermen not to venture into sea for the next two days.