A low-pressure area over the north Bay of Bengal has resulted in heavy to very heavy rainfall in many districts of Odisha. The course of rainfall is expected to continue in the rainfall-deficit areas in coastal Odisha in the next couple of days.
Umashankar Das, weather expert, said, “A cyclonic storm has formed above the Bay of Bengal that stretches to 7.6 Kms above mean sea level. Coupled with the low-pressure area, it has the potential to cause heavy downpour in many areas.”
As per the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, the districts of Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Sonepur, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Cuttack could very likely witness heavy rainfall till Friday.
The met department issued yellow warning for 17 districts of Odisha including Ganjam, Bolangir, Boudh, Kandhamal, Mayurbhanj, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Jharsuguda.
Orange warning has been issued for Keonjhar, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Dhenkanal and Sambalpur till 8:30 AM on Wednesday as heavy to very rainfall is expected in these areas.
Director of Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar, HR Biswas said, “Puri, Khurda, Jajpur and Kendrapara have recorded a deficit rainfall of 40% or more. The district of Puri alone has had about 52% deficit in rainfall till Monday, but with a good precipitation in the last 24 hours the deficit has come down to 40%,” added Biswas.
The rainfall is likely to decrease on August 6 and 7 before picking up again from August 8 onwards.