Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 11:
The local Met office today predicted heavy rainfall at one or two places in North Odisha in the next 24 hours under the influence of a depression.
“The depression lying over Jharkhand and adjoining North Chattisgarh and Odisha yesterday, has moved northwest and lay centered over northeast Madhya Pradesh and adjoining southeast Uttar Pradesh at 8.30 AM today about 55 km south-southwest of Satna. The system would move northwest and weaken into a well marked low pressure area during next 24 hours. Under its influence, rain or thundershower would occur at many places over Odisha with heavy rainfall at one or two places over North Odisha during next 24 hours,” said a Met office release this morning.
Fishermen are advised to be cautious while venturing into sea as gusty surface wind speed from south-westerly direction reaching 40 to 45 kmph with gusting up to 60 kmph may prevail along and off the Odisha coast during the period, the release added.
Talking to the media today, Director, Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu said there have been reports on widespread rainfall in Odisha. Besides, there has been extremely heavy rainfall in some parts of western Odisha, especially at one or two places in Sundargarh and Jharsuguda districts.
“While Sundargarh has the highest rainfall of 258 mm, Hemgiri has recorded 220 mm rainfall,” he said.
He, however, said that the intensity of rainfall would be gradually less as the depression has crossed Odisha.
“There is possibility of heavy rainfall in the interior Odisha and sporadic rainfall in the coastal belts”, he added.