Schools in Bhubaneswar to remain closed tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: In view of heavy rain forecast by the Regional Meteorological Centre, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced holiday for schools in Bhubaneswar tomorrow while all Anganwadi centres across the State will remain closed.

For schools in other areas, it is up to the Collectors to take a decision after assessing the rain situation, a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) stated.

The decision to close Anganwadi centres is taken to ensure safety of kids, the statement mentioned.

Meanwhile, incessant rains crippled life in several parts of Odisha on Thursday as the depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a deep depression, raising the likelihood of more downpour till Friday, officials said.

Low-lying areas in several districts, including Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Khordha have been inundated with heavy rain pounding many parts of the state since Tuesday.

Vehicular movement was disrupted at many places with roads getting submerged in rain water. Life was affected in the twin-cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

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The depression, which concentrated into a deep depression, moved westwards before crossing the West Bengal coast close to Digha. It is likely to weaken gradually during the next 24 hours, said Director of Bhubaneswar Regional Meteorological Centre, H R Biswas.

Under its impact, rain and thundershower is likely to occur in most places in Odisha, while heavy to very heavy rainfall and extremely heavy rainfall may lash northern, southern and interior regions, said a MeT bulletin.