The flood-hit Malkangiri district of Odisha witnessed rainfall since Thursday morning owing to the formation of a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal off the Odisha coast.
According to the India Meteorological Department's (IMD) bulletin, under the influence of the cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal, the low-pressure area was formed and it is likely to move across Odisha during the next two days.
IMD also predicted light to moderate widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall across the state till July 24.
The IMD has issued both Orange and Yellow warnings till 8.30 AM on July 21.
Orange Warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall (7 to 20cm) is very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Kalahandi and Kandhamal while an yellow alert has been issued for Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Cuttack, Boudh, Sonepur, Bolangir and Bargarh between Thursday and Friday morning.
⚠️ #OrangeAlert ⚠️#Odisha is likely to get Heavy to Very heavy rainfall (115.6 to 204.4 mm) from 20th to 22nd July.#monsoon2023#weather#WeatherUpdate#rain#monsoonseason@moesgoi@DDNewslive@email@example.com/TNXUlq4tV2— India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) July 20, 2023
The reports of heavy rain lasing from the districts issued Orange warning are received, an official at the revenue and disaster management department said.
Over 50 mm of rainfall was recorded in the districts of Malkangiri, Ganjam and Bolangir districts during the last 24 hours.
The IMD also said that squally weather with gusty surface wind speed reaching 40 to 50 kmph is very likely along and off Odisha coast, from July 20 to 22.
The weather office advised fishermen not to venture into the sea during this period.