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Odisha Likely To Be Pounded With Rains From Tonight Till Dec 10: IMD


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Bhubaneswar/Ganjam: As the depression over south-east Bay of Bengal is likely to convert into deep depression in next 24 hours, Thursday was not only a cloudy day, mainly in southern and coastal Odisha, but also expected rain from the very night or next morning till December 10.

While the State Administration is on high alert to take stock of the situation, farmers are on their toes as it is the harvesting season of paddy crop and previously unseasonal rains have already caused damage to the standing crops.

Updating media, IMD Bhubaneswar centre director Sarat Chandra Sahu informed, “As per the latest forecast, the depression formed over south-east Bay of Bengal is likely to convert into deep depression in next 24 hours. Following its impact, rainfall will lash Odisha from December 8 to 10. Even though there is possibility of rainfall from December 7 night or 8th morning, 7th would be cloudy day.”

“Rainfall will be chiefly in coastal and southern Odisha. There is possibility of heavy rainfall, mainly in Koraput, Malkangiri, Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Nayagarh pockets on 8th and 9th. Along with the coastal districts, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj pockets will experience rainfall on 9th and 10th. Rains on 10th will be mainly in the pockets of Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Jajpur, Balasore, Bhadrak.
Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi informed, “While southern Odisha is to experience rain from today evening, coastal Odisha from December 8 evening. Rainfall is likely to continue till December 10.”

“All necessary warnings have been issued to the fishing harbours and landing centres. Fishermen have been barred from venturing into the sea,” the SRC informed.

He added, “Following massive awareness campaign, farmers in most of the places of the State have taken care of protecting their harvested paddy crop. RMCs have taken care of covering the procured paddy with polythene and tarpaulin. As we have taken preventive measures and created massive awareness much ahead, the quantum of loss and damage to crop will hopefully less than apprehended.”

On the other hand, farmers are now on tenterhooks under such an inclement weather condition in this harvesting season.

As southern part of the State has been impacted with cyclonic influence of south India, farmers are in a distress.

In his reactions, a worried farmer Bipra Gouda of Ganjam district said, “Paddy got drenched in the rain. RI had come and taken photograph. I’ve borrowed loan from society and bank. I’m extremely sad and apprehensive of the future. In farther rains come, we’re under the mercy of God and the Government. We’re undone. Hence, the Government is urged to pay heed to our grievances or else we ‘ll commit suicide.”

Another farmer Sudam Muli, also from Ganjam, said, “We’re sharecroppers. When paddy was growing, it got pest attacked. Recently there was rain and gusty wind. Paddy grain got damaged. Whatever left out is likely to get totally damaged in the imminent rain. Hence, we’ll be at great loss. As we have borrowed loan for the cultivation, our family members are likely to be in grest problem in future. If the Government comes to our rescue, we’ll be rescued.” On the contrary, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty assured, “Odisha has tackled cyclones like Phailin and Hudhud, the low pressure induced rains are nothing to worry about. There will be no problem in providing compensation if required.”

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Sarat Chandra Sahu, Director, IMD, Bhubaneswar

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Bishnupada Sethi, SRC, Odisha

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Bipra Gouda, Farmer, Ganjam

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Sudam Muli, Farmer, Ganjam