Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The low pressure formed over the northwest Bay of Bengal is likely to inch closer to the southern coast of Odisha tonight triggering heavy to very heavy rainfall in the State during next 48 hours.

Districts including Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, South of Puri, Koraput, Malkangiri, Kandhamal, Nabarangpur will receive heavy to very heavy showers for next two days, informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).

“The low pressure will remain active for the next 48 hours. The southern parts of Odisha have been receiving heavy rain since yesterday and as the low pressure is likely to intensify further, northern and western parts of the State will experience heavy rainfall in these hours,” informed Director of the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre, H R Biswas.

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The IMD has also advised fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off Odisha coast, northwest and adjoining west central Bay of Bengal during next 48 hours.

Earlier on Monday, the SRC had alerted the district Collectors to stay alert and gear up for any eventuality. While Fire department has been put on alert, 300 boats have been kept ready for relief work.

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