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Monsoon prepones date with Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: The much-awaited south-west monsoon finally touched Odisha today two days ahead of the scheduled date.

Under its influence some places in the southern part of the State have experienced rainfall.

While monsoon is likely to cover whole of south Odisha in the next 24 hours, it’s likely to reach other parts of the State in the next 48 hours, the Regional Meteorological Centre of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) here has predicted.

Earlier, IMD had predicted that monsoon was likely to reach Odisha on June 10 or 11.

On the other hand, the cyclonic circulation formed over north Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a low pressure area in the next 24 hours.

Under its influence, northern part of the State is likely to experience heavy rainfall from June 9-11.

In view of the above IMD has warned fishermen not to venture into the sea from tonight.

“Monsoon has covered some portions of Malkangiri district in south Odisha. In the next 24 hours we expect monsoon to reach other districts of Odisha. A low pressure area is likely to be formed over north Bay of Bengal, under its influence movement of monsoon has strengthened and would move forward,” informed H R Biswas, Director, Regional Meteorological Centre.