LOPAR To Trigger Heavy Rainfall In Odisha: Orange, Yellow Warning Issued
Bhubaneswar: The regional centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert for two districts of Odisha – Malkangiri and Koraput in the wake of heavy rainfall due to formation of a low-pressure area (LOPAR) over North-West Bay of Bengal. Reportedly, this is the third instance of heavy showers pounding Odisha under the influence of a LOPAR since August.
As per the IMD forecast, many parts of Odisha would receive heavy rainfall during the next 3-4 days. Malkangiri and Koraput are all set to witness very heavy rainfall, sources said.
“Light to moderate rain or thundershower is very likely to occur at many places over the districts of Odisha. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Koraput and Malkangiri,” says Met forecast.
In view of the rough conditions, isolated places over 10 districts will witness heavy rainfall during the period. Ganjam, Puri, Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Sambalpur, Deogarh have been placed under a yellow watch till August 14 morning.
The alert also urges fishermen to be updated of the rough weather conditions and not venture into the sea for the next two days.
During the period between June 1 and August 13, Odisha has received 609.2 mm rainfall against the normal rainfall of 722.1 mm, which is a deficit of 14 per cent.