havoc in coastal districts of Odisha barely a fortnight ago, a
low pressure created over northwest Bay of Bengal appeared set
to bring heavy in the western region of the state on Saturday,
the Met office said.
"Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely to occur
at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places
over the districts of Sambalpur, Sonepur, Bolangir, Bouddh,
Bargarh and Angul," the India India Meteorological Department
The IMD issued a red warning, meaning ''take action'',
for these districts.
The weather office also issued an orange warning
(alert & be prepared) for the districts of Malkangiri,
Koraput, Nawarangpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Dhenkanal, Cuttack
For districts such as Jharsuguda, Sundergarh,
Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara,
Jagatsinghpur, Khurda, Puri, Nayagarh, Gajapati, Ganjam,
Rayagada and Kandhamal, a yellow warning (watch & be updated)
The weather office made a rain forecast for Sunday and
Monday and Tuesday also.
Meanwhile, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K
Jena in a letter to all the district collectors asked to
closely monitor the situation in the districts for which red,
orange and yellow warnings were issued.
He said the authorities should be prepared to meet
water logging/localised flood like situation including urban
areas. The SRC also warned them about the possibility of
landslide in hilly areas.
He asked the collectors and municipal corporations to
evacuate people if required from low laying areas and kutcha
houses. The instructions have been given to the water
resources department to ensure protection of weak and
vulnerable embankments in rivers and major nullahs.
The IMD said that the low-pressure area now lies over
Northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha and Gangetic West
Bengal coasts. A cyclonic circulation over the sea had led to
the formation of the low-pressure early this morning. It is
likely to become more marked during the next 24 hours and move
west-northwest wards across Odisha.
"Under its influence, fairly widespread to widespread
rainfall activity with isolated to scattered heavy to very
heavy falls very likely over most parts of east India and
adjoining Central India from today. Isolated extremely heavy
falls (20 cm) are also very likely over Odisha on Friday," the
Squally weather with surface wind speed reaching 35 -
45 kmph gusting to 55 kmph is very likely to prevail over
along and off Odisha coast and North Bay of Bengal adjoining
west-central Bay Bengal till June 14. PTI AAM