With a well-defined low pressure area over the western central and northern Bay of Bengal adjacent to the northwest turning into a depression, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday forecast heavy rains across Odisha.
IMD said the system is located about 20 kilometers northwest of Gopalpur and is likely to move from west to northwest through southern Odisha and Chhattisgarh in the next 24 hours before weakening.
Several parts of Odisha were already experiencing rainfall activities since Saturday.
Odisha received extensive rain due to low pressure, chief meteorologist US Dash said, with Dhenkanal recording 114 mm of rainfall as of 5.30 am on Sunday, followed by 106 mm in Koraput.
The Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, issued warnings for the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, asking the department to make arrangements for the drainage of excess water. He also urged people to check road conditions and traffic congestion before leaving their homes.
Both cities are expected to experience intense showers.
The weather worker has also issued an orange heavy to very heavy rain alert in Nabarangpur, Kalhandi, Kandamal, Nwaabada, Balangir, Sonepur, Budh and Bargarh districts until 8:30 am from 12 September.
Likewise, it issued a yellow alert for heavy rain in Khurda, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Garsuguda, Angole, Dunkanal, Gangam, Nayagarh, Mayorbhang, Kiwongar, Sundargarh, Rayagada, Koraput, Jajapati, Deogarh and Puri.
In a bulletin, IMD said severe weather with surface winds of 45 to 55 kph is very likely to reach 65 kph over sea along the coast of Odisha and off and northwest adjacent to the central West Bay of Bengal until September 12. .
It warned fishermen not to venture into the sea until Monday.
IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said Odisha is likely to see more rainfall activities as new cyclones are likely to roll over the Bay of Bengal from 17-18 September.
The state government has asked all county collectors to remain prepared and handle the crisis situation as per protocol.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by the NDTV crew and is published from a syndicated feed.)
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