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Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: A fresh low-pressure area formed over north-west Bay of Bengal and its adjoining areas is likely to trigger heavy rainfall in several parts of Odisha in the next 2-3 days.

Officials of the Regional Met Centre in Bhubaneswar informed that the cyclonic circulation is likely to move west-northwestward and become more marked over north-west BoB today.

Keeping this in mind, the State government has reportedly asked the district Collectors to remain alert and be prepared for any exigencies or deal with any flood-like situation and landslide in the hilly areas.

As per the forecast, very heavy rainfall is likely in Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur and Dhenkanal where the Met centre has issued a red warning. The Met centre also issued a red warning for some areas of Bargarh, Nuapada, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Deogarh districts for today and tomorrow and has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall and extremely heavy rainfall.

Similarly, an orange warning has been issued for Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Cuttack, Keonjhar, Angul, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Kalahandi, Sonepur and Bolangir districts where there is a likelihood of moderate to heavy rainfall.

Moreover, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off Odisha coast till September 22, Met sources said.

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