Bhubaneswar, September 8: As many as four people have died in Odisha as the state has been lashed by incessant rains since the last few days. The heavy downpour has been triggered by a low pressure area, officials said on Sunday. Heavy rainfall in parts of the state created a flood-like situation in several parts, thus crippling normal life. It must be noted that this is the fifth instance of heavy rain pounding the state under the influence of low pressure areas over the Bay of Bengal since August. IMD Forecasts 99% Rainfall in August, 100% in September.
According to a report by Hindustan Times, Additional relief commissioner Pravat Mahapatra informed that at least three persons, including a woman, lost their lives after being swept away in flooded rivulets in Angul district. The official added saying that heavy rainfall since the last week have triggered a flood-like situation in Angul, Ganjam and Koraput districts.
Monsoon has gained momentum in the state as a fresh low pressure area lies over north coastal Odisha and neighbourhood with associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 7.6 km above mean sea level. Reports inform that continues downpour in Koraput affected nearly 100 villages in at least 6 blocks with water flowing over roads.
Heavy rain wreaked havoc in districts includung as Ganjam, Kandhamal, Mayurbhanj, Angul, Sundargarh, Puri, Khura and Jagatsinghpur since Friday. As per a latest bulletin issued by the regional Meteorological Centre in Odisha, heavy rainfall, thunderstorm and lightning is expected in districts like Deogarh, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Keonjhar and Nayagarh. The weather agency also predicted that downpour to persist till Monday in several districts.