Weathermen predict rains in next 24 to 48 hours

Bhubaneswar: The interior and coastal parts of the State are expected to experience rainfall during the next 24 to 48 hours triggered by the monsoon trough line passing through Jharkhand and West Bengal. According to Met officials, the quantum of rainfall is likely to increase after July 24.

Till now, seven districts of Odisha have received less-than-normal monsoon. While Jagatsinghpur has received the lowest amount of rainfall, Malkangiri has received the highest. Betnati in Mayurbhanj district received the highest 151 mm of rainfall yesterday, they added.

The officials have noted that the El-Nino phenomenon has affected the south-western monsoon winds due to which undermining the formation of low pressures over the Bay of Bengal is expected in July. This has resulted in 5% less rainfall till now in the State, they added.