Heavy Rainfall Warning: Odisha Collectors Put On Alert

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Friday issued an advisory to Collectors of several districts to remain alert in view of the heavy rain forecast issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD).

As per the latest IMD bulletin, a low pressure area lies over North Odisha and neighbourhood with associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 7.6 km above mean seal level tilting southwards.

Under its impact, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur with extremely heavy rainfall in four districts- Sonepur, Bargarh, Sambalpur and Jharsuguda in the next 24 hours.

Orange warning has also been issued for eight districts-Sundergarh, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Angul, Boudh, Bolangir, Nuapada and Nabarangpur.  Similarly, heavy rainfall is also likely to lash isolated places in the districts of Koraput, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Dhenkanal, Cuttack and Mayurbhanj.

In a letter, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has directed district collectors (under the Red and Orange warning districts) to keep administrative machinery fully prepared to meet any possible flood, waterlogging or landslide which may arise during intense rainfall.

‘Special arrangements should be made for the evacuation of people from vulnerable locations to safe shelters and also make arrangements for adequate food, drinking water and lighting at such shelter or relief camps,’ a letter by the SRC stated.