Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued red alert in seven districts, orange alert in six districts and yellow alert in eight districts of Odisha for the next 24 hours due to heavy rains. IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rains and flash floods in 2 districts.
Met office has also confirmed that a depression has formed over Northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha coast. State is experiencing heavy rains under its impact.
Even as the depression over the Bay of Bengal keeps moving West- Northwestward, entire Odisha has come under the grip of varying spells of rainfall- ranging from extremely heavy downpour to day long drizzle. True to the forecast, while 7 coastal districts including Khordha and Cuttack experienced heavy rainfall during the last 24 hours, today is the turn of five western Odisha districts to bear the brunt of the depression-induced rainfall. While the incessant rainfall has caused local inundation at quite a few low lying areas of the state with waterlogging as a natural corollary, many rivers and their tributaries are swelling with additional run-off from their respective catchment areas. While the state government has kept a close watch on the emergent situation, the sky over the state may clear off in a couple of days with the gradual weakening of the depression.