Low Pressure Effect: IMD Issues Red Alert For 5 Districts Of Odisha

24 October 2019


Bhubaneswar: The well-marked low pressure area over the West Central Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh coast which now lies over North Coastal Andhra Pradesh adjoining South Odisha and West Central Bay of Bengal is likely to cause heavy to very heavy rainfall with thunderstorm in Southern districts of the State, said Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). It issued a red alert for parts of the State, for tomorrow and orange and yellow arrest for next two days.

“Moderate rain or thundershower is very likely to occur at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places over the districts of Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Cuttack, Khurda, and Puri. There are chances of localized flooding in certain low lying areas,” the IMD alert for Thursday stated.

A simultaneous alert of very heavy rainfall for October 25; i.e. an Orange Warning has been issued to a few places over the districts of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Deogarh and Angul. Another Yellow Warning of heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Boudh, Kandhamal, and Gajapati, as per the IMD bulletin.

The IMD also noted, “The Yellow Alert of heavy rainfall will likely affect some isolated places over the districts of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Keonjhar, and Kendrapada.”

Light to moderate rainfall or thunderstorm is likely to occur at a few places over the districts of Odisha. The alert is in place till 8.30 am on October 29.

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Kumar Jena spoke on the updated weather bulletin. He said, “Almost all districts have been receiving rainfall since yesterday with Krushnaprasad block receiving the highest of 250 mm rainfall followed by Chikiti block which received 203 mm of rainfall. Rest of the districts have received more than 100 mm of rainfall.”

Speaking on the Red, Orange and Yellow warning being issued for districts across Odisha, he said, “Moderate rainfall will continue over other districts. There is no flood situation as of now and, water levels at Bansadhara and Mahanadi most possibly will not cross the danger levels.”

“A mudslide has been reported from two villages of Badakalakot panchayat in Gumma block of Gajapati district in which 20 houses were destroyed. 80 villagers have been relocated and are being supplied with water and cooked food. Three wall collapse incidents were reported from Jagatsinghpur district for which the Collector has taken requisite action. One person’s death was reported from the Harichandanpur block (of Keonjhar district). The Tahasildar is verifying the incident and then required steps will be taken“, said the SRC on the accidents which occurred due to low pressure.

“Some places of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack have witnessed waterlogging, the process of dewatering is underway,” said SRC Jena.

Pradeep Kumar Jena, SRC, Odisha

Ranendra Pratap Swain, Minister, FS & CW, Odisha

Sudam Marndi, Minister, Revenue & Disaster Management, Odisha