Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued heavy rainfall warning for nine coastal districts in Odisha as a low pressure is most likely to form over the central Bay of Bengal in the next 48 hours.
In a mid-day bulletin, the IMD said that under the influence of a cyclonic circulation over the west-central Bay of Bengal off the south Andhra Pradesh coast, a fresh low-pressure area is likely to form over the central Bay of Bengal around October 19. The system is likely to become more marked during subsequent 24 hours.
Under its influence, most parts of south coastal and north coastal districts will receive heavy rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.
In view of the heavy rainfall warning, IMD has issued yellow and orange warning for the following districts.
Thunderstorm with lightning at one or two places over the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Nayagarh, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Dhenkanal.
Heavy rainfall very at one or two places over the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Ganjam.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Gajapati and Ganjam.
Heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada and Puri.
Heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada and Bhadrak.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the deep sea area of central Bay of Bengal between October 19 and 21 as squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph will make the sea condition rough to very rough.
Acting on the IMD advisory, the state government has warned the collectors of the coastal districts to remain on high alert.
In a letter, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena said that as heavy rainfall could trigger flood in the river systems in southern districts and landslides, the collectors are required to make advance planning and remain fully prepared to meet any eventuality.
Apart from this, he has also asked the collectors of other districts to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate action.