Monsoon sets in over Odisha, to cover entire State in 2 days: IMD
Bhubaneswar: The southwest monsoon on Thursday set in over Odisha and is likely to advance into the remaining parts of the State in the next two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The weatherman said monsoon has covered Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Gajapati, Ganjam and parts of Bargarh, Balangir, Boudh, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Khurda and Puri districts. “Southwest monsoon further advanced into Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and south Odisha,” the IMD stated.
The Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said conditions were favourable for further advance of southwest monsoon into remaining parts of Odisha during the next 48 hours. The MeT centre has issued a red-alert warning for Friday for some districts. Heavy to extremely heavy rain will very likely to occur at a few places in Kandhamal, Boudh, Kalahandi, Balangir, Nayagarh, Sonepur, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur, the department said. Heavy to very heavy rainfall will very likely to occur at some places in Ganjam, Cuttack, Angul, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Koraput and Kendrapara, it added.
The MeT centre warned of localised flash flood in some places and possible landslides in the hilly areas. Paradip and Balangir received 65.5 mm and 72 mm rainfall over the last 24 hours till 8.30 am on Thursday, according to the weather department. Sambalpur received 62.6 mm rain, while there was 42 mm rainfall in Nayagarh.
Meanwhile, the State Government has put all the districts on alert to face the eventualities like flash flood and inundation of low lying areas due to the extremely heavy rainfall on account of low pressure area and subsequent advancement of the monsoon. The district authorities have been told to remain prepared to evacuate people from the low-lying areas, an official at the Special Relief Commissioner’s office said.