Low pressure triggers heavy rain in Odisha

A fresh low pressure in the Bay of Bengal triggered heavy rain in different parts of Odisha for the second consecutive day on Monday.

The rainfall has led to floods in different rivers in the state like the Hati and Tel in western Odisha and Bamsadhara in the south. These rivers have crossed the danger mark at different points.

The local Met office has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at many places during the next 48 hours. In some places, the rainfall will be extremely heavy. This has prompted the state government to direct district collectors to remain on high alert.
“All district collectors, particularly in the districts like Bolangir, Kalahandi and Koraput, have been asked to remain on high alert. It is already raining heavily in Koraput and Kalahandi districts”, state revenue minister Surya Narayan Patra said.

According to a report reaching the state headquarters from Kalahandi district, the flood waters of the river Hati have already entered 17 villages of the western district. The vehicular traffic on the National Highway 26 running through the district has come to a grinding halt as flood water submerged the bridge over river Hati near Junagarh.

This is the second flood in Kalahandi district since the arrival of the monsoon early this month.

The weather office press release circulated on Monday evening said that Kalahandi district had recorded more than 100 mm of rainfall during the last 24 hours. Another western Odisha district of Sambalpur also recorded nearly 100 mm of rainfall. Almost the entire state had received rainfall during the last 24 hours.

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