Weather Alert: Thunderstorm & lightning alert issued for 5 Odisha districts

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar on Monday issued thunderstorm, lightning and rainfall alert for as many as five districts of Odisha.

As per latest forecast, light thunderstorm and lightning accompanied with light to moderate rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Ganjam, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri and Gajapati till 1 PM today.

People in these districts have been advised to stay indoors in view of light to moderate rainfall during the thunderstorm.

As per a recent report, 1256 people died due to lightning in last three years in Odisha. As many as 399 people had lost their lives in lightning in 2015-16 while 397 people and 460 people were killed in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively.

Out of the total deaths in the last three years, 1069 deaths (about 85 per cent) have occurred in the last five months.