Bhubaneswar, Oct 28:
With a rainfall of over 389.6 mm in October this year, Odisha has recorded the highest in the past two years.
According to Met office sources, the first 23 days of the month witnessed at least 389.6 mm rainfall against the normal showers of 111 mm which is about 267 per cent more. Odisha had received about 70 mm rainfall during the corresponding period in 2012 and 23.3 mm in 2011.
Till October 27, Nayagarh district had a record rainfall of 798 mm (403 percent), Baleswar -744 mm (353 percent) and Ganjam- 740 mm (340 percent).
Besides, Puri, Mayurbhanj, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Bhadrak districts also received more than 600 mm rainfall during the period, the sources said.
According to Bhubaneswar IMD Director Sarat Sahoo, “Almost all the districts have recorded excess rainfall in October this year. Cyclone Phailin and the subsequent rains due to a well-marked low pressure in the Bay of Bengal triggered heavy to very heavy rainfall in many parts of the state in the second week of the month which is exceptional.
“It is the effect of the erratic climate change phenomenon”, he added.