Bhubaneswar: Collectors of concerned districts have been put on alert in view of the warning issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on the probable formation of a low pressure area over the central Bay of Bengal on October 19 and likelihood of heavy to very heavy rainfall under its impact in eight districts between 19th-21st October, informed Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena today.
Quoting from IMD’s bulletin Jena said that eight districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Puri, Nabarangpur and Kandhamal are likely to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall between 19-21 October under the impact of the probable low pressure.
“Under the impact of the low pressure, some districts in Odisha may receive heavy to very heavy rainfall. Ganjam and Gajapati districts are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall between 19th and 20th morning. Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada and Puri are also likely to receive rainfall while some places may receive heavy rainfall,” said Jena.
Similarly, between 20th and 21st morning Koraput, Rayagada, Ganjam, Gajapati districts are likely to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall, he added.
Besides, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Kandhamal are also likely to experience heavy rainfall between 20th and 21st morning, he stated.
Jena informed that the SRC’s office has accordingly issued alerts to the Water Resources and Fisheries departments in the aforementioned districts.
He said that fishermen have been advised against going to the sea during this period.
The SRC stated that Collectors of the concerned districts have been directed to remain on alert and Water Resources department has been asked to put on alert Executive Engineers and field level engineers of probable areas that are likely to be affected.
Jena stated that he has discussed probable flood situation due to rains and probable landslides in hilly areas with concerned Collectors through video conferencing today.
Collectors will remain on alert and take appropriate preparatory action as is required, he added.