Weather report, forecast: monsoon hits Odisha, imminent flood threat


With low pressure likely to form over the northwestern Bay of Bengal, the aided monsoon is likely to bring heavy rains to many parts of the state through June 14.



Our correspondent

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Bhubaneswar

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Posted on 06.11.21, 04:12 AM


The southwest monsoon finally hit Odisha with several districts such as Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur. Kalahandi, Naygarh, Khurda and Puri recorded moderate to heavy rainfall on Thursday.

Heavy rains raised fears of flash floods as the administration braced for the threat.

An area of ​​low pressure developing in the Bay of Bengal is likely to create conditions favorable for the advancement of the monsoon towards the interior parts of the state. All coastal districts have been put on alert due to the threat of flooding.

“Conditions are favorable for a further progression of the southwest monsoon in the remaining part of Odisha over the next 48 hours,” said the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). With low pressure likely to form over the northwestern Bay of Bengal, the aided monsoon is likely to cause heavy rains in many parts of the state through June 14, officials said.

The Special Commissioner for Relief, PK Jena, called on all district administrations and municipalities to prepare for possible flooding due to heavy rainfall.

“There are also landslide risks in hilly areas and other parts of the state. We have asked the administration to be extremely careful and to take all possible measures for the safety and security of the population, ”officials said.

The water resources department has asked all its officials not to leave headquarters and to open a round clock control room.

The ministry asked its officials to conduct patrols and an inspection of all the banks of the river.

In a related development, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced financial assistance to farmers affected by Cyclone Yaas.

According to the announcement, all small and marginal farmers who suffered losses of more than 33 percent of their crops during the cyclone will receive an input subsidy and their Kharif loans will be converted into medium-term loans.


Dale D. Schrum

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