Heavy Rain To Lash Odisha For 2 More Days; Intense Spells Likely In 4 Dists Today

Bhubaneswar: With the cyclonic circulation now lying over central parts of interior Odisha, heavy rain is likely to continue in the state for two more days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed on Thursday.

“Yesterday’s cyclonic circulation over south interior Odisha now lies over central parts of interior Odisha & adjoining Chhattisgarh. The Monsoon Trough is also passing through Jaisalmer, Udaipur,Indore, Betul, Gondia, Raipur, Gopalpur and thence east-southeastwards to Westcentral Bay of Bengal.”

According to the midday bulletin, heavy to very heavy rainfall (7 to 11cm) is likely at isolated places in Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Bargarh and Sundargarh till 8.30 am on Friday. Heavy rainfall (7 to 11cm) may also occur at isolated places in Malakangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Balangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Deogarh, Angul, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts.

On September 8, heavy rainfall (7 to 11cm) may lash isolated places in Bargarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh, Deogarh, Angul, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj.

There is no heavy rain warning thereafter.

After a subdued monsoon, Odisha has been experiencing heavy rain for past few days under the influence of a cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal, which later intensified into a low-pressure area. The state recorded an average rainfall of 15.6 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours and 83.7 mm so far against September monthly average of 231.9 mm.

On Wednesday, Similiguda block in Koraput district received the highest rainfall of 158 mm. The other places that recorded more than 100 mm – Boipariguda (121 mm) and Bandhugaon (107 mm) in Koraput and Nabarangpur (115 mm) in Nabarangpur district.

The intense spells of rain, however, have not been able to fix the deficit in the state, which has recoded 867.9 mm rainfall against its normal value of 984.9 mm till September 7 this monsoon season. While 10 districts are deficient, the remaining 20 are in the normal category.

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