Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 16:
Most parts of coastal Odisha experienced heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours under the influence of a seasonal trough line, the Local Met office said here this evening.
“The seasonal trough line is presently passing from north-west India to the east-central Bay of Bengal through Bihar, Jharkhand and Diamond Harbour in West Bengal. Besides, another trough line has formed in the upper air over east Uttar Pradesh across west-central Bay of Bengal through north Chhattisgarh, central Odisha and coastal Andhra Pradesh. Under its influence, there has been widespread rainfall in coastal and north Odisha,” Dr Sarat Chandra Sahu, director, Meteorological Centre, told the media today.
As per modular indication, rain or thundershower would occur at one or two places in coastal Odisha and many places in interior Odisha with heavy rainfall in north Odisha in the next 48 hours.
The rainfall would continue for the next five days up to August 21 after which it will gradually decrease, Sahu added.
As per a Met release this evening, the highest rainfall in the last 24 hours was recorded in Paradip with 92.7 mm. Heavy rainfall was also recorded in Puri (49.8), Baripada (21.8), Jharsuguda (25.4), Sundargarh (55), Malkangiri (65.6),
Referring to the rainfall in Odisha till August second week, Sahu said there has been 15% less than the normal rainfall in Odisha.
As per the Met statistics, 12 districts of Odisha—Bolangir, Cuttack, Gajapati, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Khordha, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Nayagarh, Puri and Sonepur— have received deficit rainfall (—20% to —59%).