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Heavy rains create flood scare in Odisha

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 26:

Heavy rain that lashed most parts of the coastal Odisha under the influence of a low pressure till 8.30 AM this morning, has triggered flash flood threat in the state.

rain in puriReports from Gajapati district said the water level of Bansadhara was flowing over the danger mark at Kashinagar.

Road communication between Rayagada and Kalahandi was affected after a bridge was swept away at Hatadahi in Rayagada district this morning.

The local Met office, in a release this evening said yesterday’s well marked low pressure area over west-central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal off South Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh coasts now lies over south coastal Odisha and will move towards north-west direction.

Under its influence, rain and thundershower would occur at most places over Odisha while heavy to very heavy rainfall would occur at a few places over North Odisha districts and heavy rainfall at one or two places over South Odisha districts during next 48 hours.

Besides, strong and gusty surface wind speed reaching 45-65 kmph from the south-east direction would prevail along and off the coast during next 48 hours, it added.

The Western Odisha town of Bhawanipatna, where mercury had touched 45 degree Celsius a couple of days back, experienced very heavy rainfall with 208 mm till 5.30 PM today. Besides, heavy rainfall also lashed Titlagarh with 87 mm during the period.

Rainfall recorded in the last 24 hours till 8.30 AM this morning was highest in Baleswar with 210 mm followed by Bhubaneswar (140), Cuttack (138), Chandbali (83), Dhenkanal (75), Gopalpur (70.6), Puri (67.5), Daringbadi (67), Angul (58.8), Baripada (54), Talcher (57), Bhawanipatna (44.2), Koraput (27.6), Phulbani (15), Paradip (14.1) and Keonjhar (11.4).