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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The farmers of Odisha had pinned their hopes on a low pressure system formation over Bay of Bengal by August first week. However, their hopes have been shattered as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) today categorically ruled out that there is no possibility of formation of low pressure by August 4.

“So far, Odisha has not witnessed any major low pressure this season. Though we had anticipated that a low pressure would form over Bay of Bengal by August 4, it has weakened due to the formation of tropical cyclone in South China Sea,” said IMD Delhi weather expert, Rajendra Jenamani.

Jenamani further informed that Odisha will have to wait for another low pressure system which is likely to form after August 7, 2019.

It is pertinent to mention here that Odisha has witnessed variation in rainfall since the onset of monsoon in June this year. Several parts of the State have witnessed less than average rainfall with districts of Gajapati, Balasore, Bhadrak receiving a rainfall of 25 cm (40% deficit).

Koraput and Malkangiri districts have received highest of 75 cm rainfall so far, Jenamani added.

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