Bhubaneswar: In the backdrop of recent flash flood and flood-like situation in Odisha’s Malkangiri district as well as Rayagada and Gajapati, and also the grim flood situation in Kerala and Maharashtra, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted another low pressure formation over Bay of Bengal and increase in rainfall activity from August 12.
IMD Bhubaneswar Centre Director H.R. Biswas today informed media, “The depression formed over the Bay of Bengal has further moved towards west MP (Madhya Pradesh). Hence, it has no impact over Odisha now for which rainfall activity will be less in Odisha.”
He added, “In the next 24 hours, some places would experience thunderstorm and lightning along with light moderate rain in a few places of interior Odisha. In coastal Odisha, one or two places have the chances of experiencing light rain accompanied with thunderstorm and lighning.”
The weatherman, however, stated, “After 2-3 days, there are chances of increase in the rainfall activity, especially in north interior Odisha. Rainfall activity will increase in Odisha from August 12. It will slightly increase from August 11, but there are least chances of heavy rainfall. On August 11, there will be thunderstorm and lightning in some districts of north Odisha. They are Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur.”
The Met Director informed, “From August 12, there are chances of increase in the rainfall activity following which there will be isolated heavy rainfall and in one or two places heavy rainfall mainly in the north interior districts. They are Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Japur, Bhadrak.”
“In around August 12 and 13, there are chances of formation of a low pressure area over the north-west Bay of Bengal,” he cautioned.
He further claimed, “Since August 1 and today’s August 9, Odisha has experienced excess rainfall – 49% excess.”