Bhubaneswar: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued a lightning and thunderstorm warning for 12 districts in Odisha.
The districts are Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Puri and Khurda.
The alert would remain in effect till 7.30 pm, an IMD bulletin issued by its Regional Centre here this afternoon said.
Meanwhile, many places in the State including Cuttack and Bhubaneswar have witnessed heavy rainfall all through the afternoon today.
In a related development, a couple was killed in lightning while working in a paddy field at Karanjiamal village under Anadapur block of Keonjhar district.