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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: After days of hot weather, several places of Odisha today witnessed thunderstorm, rainfall accompanied by hailstorm.

According the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) regional centre in Bhubaneswar, the districts of Gajapati, Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Bolangir, Koraput and Rayagada of South Odisha witnessed light to moderate rain today while dry weather prevailed over the rest districts.

“A trough at 0.9 km above mean sea level runs from North Kerala to South Chhattisgarh. The temperature will remain above normal in the next three days. The temperature in interior Odisha will increase by one or two degree,” informed meteorologist Umasankar Das.

The IMD in its special bulletin also issued ‘Yellow Warning’ for various districts where moderate rain, thunderstorm and lightning are likely to occur till April 1.

Light to moderate rain is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Kandhamal, Boudh, Nuapada, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nawrangpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Balasore, Cuttack, Khurda & Nayagarh on March 30, the IMD bulletin said.

Similarly, parts of coastal Odisha and the districts of Kandhamal, Nabangpur, Koraput, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Rayagada, Bolangir, Kalahandi & Nuapada district are likely to experience light to moderate rain on March 31.

Moreover, light to moderate rainfall is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal, Boudh, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj&Ganjam  on April 1.

Meanwhile, in view of a steady rise in temperature across Odisha, the State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) has asked collectors of all districts to begin preparedness and response plan for possible heat wave condition during the Coronavirus Lockdown period in the State.

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“I am sure that despite your preoccupation to resolutely contain COVID-19, the sudden rise in maximum temperature across the state has caused a matter of concern for all of us,” PK Jena, OSDMA Managing Director said in a letter to the collectors.

He said a perusal of the maximum day time temperature in recent days reveal that day time maximum temperatures in interior and coastal areas indicate a very steady rise which may continue and move IMD to declare heat wave.

“Aware of your preoccupation in this grave situation and closure of many line departments, still I request you to immediately hold regular virtual review meetings at district, sub-divisional and block levels to put in place the Standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the heat action plan 2020 for all line departments,” Jena added.

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