Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued heavy rainfall alert for four districts- Ganjam, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur.

As per the latest weather bulletin, a low pressure lies over coastal Odisha and neighbourhood with associated cyclonic circulation. Under its impact, heavy rainfall is likely to lash several places in Odisha in the next three to four days.

Red Warning has been issued for the districts of Ganjam, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur for the next 24 hours. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to trigger landslides in hilly areas and disrupt road communication, the Met department warned.

IMD has also issued heavy to very heavy rainfall warning for the districts of Gajapati, Puri, Koraput, Bolangir, Rayagada and Nuapada. Yellow warning has also been issued for Gajapati, Malkangiri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Boudh, Sonepur, Bargarh, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack and Kendrapara.

For September 6 and September 7, heavy to very rainfall is also likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Nuapada, Bolangir, Nabarangpur, Sonepur, Kalahandi and Boudh.

As gusty winds reaching 40 to 50 kmph are likely to prevail along and off Odisha coast and west central adjoining Bay of Bengal, fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea during the next 48 hours.