Bhubaneswar: The well marked low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast has concentrated into a depression and now lies over coastal Odisha & neighbourhood which is likely to trigger heavy rainfall in the state during next 48 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at one or two places over Nayagarh, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Balangir, Jharsuguda, Rayagada, Sonepur, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Sundargarh districts of south Odisha.
Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely along & off Odisha coast during next 24 hrs. Sea condition will be rough to very rough along and off Odisha coast during the next 24 hours for which fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea.
This apart, a fresh low pressure is likely to develop over north Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around August 18.
On the other hand, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed all the district collectors to remain prepared for a possible flood situation.
“Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), Fire Services and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been kept in readiness for eventual deployment,” Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said.