Weather Alert: Met office predicts heavy rainfall in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Even as there is no cyclone threat to Odisha, several parts of the State are expected to experience heavy rainfall as the deep depression formed over Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours.

Moreover, it is likely to turn into a severe cyclonic storm in the subsequent 36 hours and head north-northwest wards and cross Andhra Pradesh coast between Ongole and Kakinada by December 17 afternoon, informed National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Bhubaneswar Regional Meteorological Centre Director, HR Biswas today informed that several parts of Odisha will receive rainfall from December 16 with chances of thunderstorms at one or two places.

The rainfall activity will mostly be over the districts in interior Odisha and a few places in the coastal areas.

“The system is likely to move north-northwest wards and cross Andhra Pradesh on December 17. Under its impact the bordering districts of Odisha including Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Koraput will receive heavy rainfall,” said Biswas.

Biswas further informed that fishermen have been advised not to venture into west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal on December 16 and 17.