Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 14:
The Regional Centre of India Meteorological Department (IMD) at Bhubaneswar today predicted moderate to heavy rainfall in most places of Odisha over the next 24 hours under the effect of the low pressure formed over West-Central Bay of Bengal.
As per information provided by IMD, while most places of coastal and northern Odisha will experience medium to heavy rainfall, one of two places of Southern Odisha will experience heavy to very heavy rainfall.
IMD has also issued an advisory asking fishermen venturing into the sea to take caution. However, it hasn’t barred them to venture into the sea. The meteorological centre estimates that the wind speed would be between 35-45 kilometres and the sea conditions would continue to be rough tillSeptember 16.
“We have recorded sporadic rainfall across the state in the past 24 hours. The rain deficit that stood at -19 percent has now come down to -18 percent. However, deficiency continues in 15 districts. Rain deficit in worst affected Kandhamal district has come down to 41 percent from 43 percent yesterday. The rains are likely to continue till September 16 and will decrease from 17th onwards as the system moves towards Chhattisgarh. ,” Director of the centre Sharat Sahu said.
“The rains, however, would be back from September 19 again. But this time, the system will cause higher rainfall in Southern Odisha and then move into Northern and interior parts. Even though rain is likely to continue, the quantity would be between low and moderate in most places. The heavy rainfall pockets would be very less as the system is weak. Even though there is moisture flow in the air, the wind speed is less. El-Nino is also to blame as under its effect the systems being formed don’t become well organised,” he added.