Bhubaneswar: The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rainfall across several districts of the State for the next three days, under the influence of a cyclonic circulation over southwest Bay of Bengal. With Diwali falling on October 27, there is a flicker of a chance that the festival of lights might be wet one this year.
Under the influence of this cyclonic circulation, districts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada, Puri, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Nuapada and Balangir will witness heavy rainfall on October 23.
For October 24, Gajapati, Ganjam, and Puri along with Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh, Deogarh, Angul, Keonjhar, Khurda, Nabrangpur and Cuttack districts will experience the effects of depression.
The strength of the cyclonic storm is expected to weaken by October 25 and rainfall will lash across the districts of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Cuttack, Balasore, Dhenkanal, Jajpur and Nayagarh.
While no warning has been issued for fishermen, the respective district administrations have been asked to take required preventive steps.