Monsoon To Arrive in Odisha Within Next Two Days: IMD

The development of a low pressure area over the North Bay of Bengal has acted as a catalyst for the monsoon winds to enter Odisha, the Indian Meteorological Department noted in a forecast release. As a consequence, the state will experience moderate to heavy rainfall over the next three days under the influence of the system.

HR Biswas, who heads the regional IMD centre in Bhubaneswar, said that although the first belt of monsoon had hit the Odisha coast on Thursday, it could not advance further due to unsustainable atmospheric conditions. However, with the development of the low pressure area, the equations have changed. “But conditions are favourable for further advance of the monsoon. It is likely to cover the state in the next two days with low pressure induced rain,” Biswas said.

Out of Odisha’s thirty districts, monsoon winds rolled into eight of the districts in totality and another eight partially on Thursday. In preparation for the same, the IMD has issued red, orange and yellow warnings of heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at few places in select districts on Saturday. On Sunday, most of the intensity would be localised to the north interior pockets, post which the intensity would pick up. The state government has also become more alert and has asked Collectors to take all requisite steps to prevent inconvenience to the people.

“The districts under red, orange and yellow warning have been asked to remain prepared to meet any waterlogging or flood-like situation or landslides in hilly areas,” the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) wrote in a letter to the Collectors. Official reports said many places in the state received light to moderate rainfall in the last 24 hours due to a low pressure build-up.

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