**Bhubaneswar: ** As the depression over Bay of Bengal has triggered incessant rains and has been lashing most parts of Odisha since Thursday, it has wreaked havoc in the State prompting the Government machinery to tighten up its belt for taking stock of the situation and meeting the exigencies.
Briefing media on Friday at the State Secretariat here, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi said, “Heavy rainfall has been recoreded in 25 blocks of 8 districts in our State. All District Collectors have been directed to take up relief operation. Besides, they have been asked for taking up damage restoration like road, bridge,culvert, etc.”
“We had information that some residents of Chandrapur block in Rayagada district have been marooned. It was due to water logging and overflowing a culvert following which the culvert was in danger. We’ve despatched relief materials there,” the SRC informed.
He also stated, “We’re on high alert and keeping a close vigil. We’re regularly monitoring and are in constant touch with the IMD (Indian Meteriological Department). Whatever weather bulletin would come from time to time, we’ll pass it on. Besides, our ODRAF and NDRF teams are ready. If required, we’ll inititiate all sorts of steps soon.”
According to the SRC, the 8 districts are Balasore, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Khurda, Puri, Nayagarh, Rayagada and Mayurbhanj.
The maximum amount of rainfall has been recorded in Kanas block of Puri disrict. It has recorded 274.0 mm rainfall.
As per the Bhubaneswar Meteriological Centre’s weather bulletin, “Rainfall has occurred at most places over Odisha with extremely heavy rainfall at one or two places over North Interior Odisha, heavy to very heavy rainfall at one or two places over Coastal Odisha and heavy rainfall at one or two places over south interior Odisha.”
The Met Centre has further predicted that thunder-shower is likely to occur at most places over Odisha. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places over north Odisha and heavy rainfall at one or two places over south Odisha.
“Thunder -shower is likely to occur at many places over North Odisha and at a few places over South Odisha while heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places over North Odisha,” the weather bulletin released on Friday (October 20) warned.
For fishermen’s warning, the bulletin stated that strong and gusty surface wind speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph likely to prevail along and off Odisha coast. Hence, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea.