Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Rain may dampen Holi celebrations across Odisha tomorrow as several parts of the State will experience light to moderate showers in the next 24 hours, predicted Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar today.

Under the influence of a cyclonic circulation, light to moderate rainfall accompanied with thunderstorm and gusty wind reaching 30 to 40 km per hour may occur in some districts includingNuapada, Kalahandi, Koraput and Rayagada today, informed Duty Officer at Regional Meteorological Centre, Madan Mohan Das adding that weather in other parts will be mostly dry.

Yellow warning has been for 14 districts including Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Kandhamal. These districts are likely to experience light to moderate rainfall along with thunderstorm and lightning in the next 24 hours.

Similarly, rainfall will also occur at one or two places over the districts of Kandhamal, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Koraput, Sundergarh and Jharsuguda tomorrow.

“Temperature will considerably increase after rain subsides in Odisha after three days,” added Das.

Meanwhile, Koraput recorded the highest rainfall on Sunday with 9.4 mm followed by 8.6 mm rainfall in Balasore, Gopalpur 6.4 mm, Chandbali 4.7 mm, and Chhatrapur 4.0 mm.

On the other hand, betel vineyards in around 50 acres of land at Ralabha village under Hinjilicut block of Ganjam district were damaged due to strong winds and rainfall that lashed the region yesterday. There are also reports of extensive damage to vegetable cultivation in other parts of the state due to unseasonal rainfall.

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