Bhubaneswar, October 25: Heavy rainfall continued to wreak havoc in Odisha following a well-marked low pressure over the Bay of Bengal, disrupting normal life even as more downpours were forecast in the next three days across the state. According to a tweet by ANI, around 20 houses were damaged in Gumma, Gajapati after a landslide occurred following heavy rainfall in the area since Wednesday. According to Bhubaneswar Met Centre Director HR Biswas, the rainfall activity is likely to continue at least for another 24 hours. The MeT has issued a red alert for five districts namely Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Cuttack, Khurda and Puri. Southwest Monsoon Withdraws Completely from India, Heavy Rainfall Hits Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka as Northeast Monsoon Begins.
Under its impact, light to moderate rain will lash in most parts of Odisha till Saturday, while many areas may receive heavy downpour, the Met department said. Heavy rainfall was also forecast in parts of Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Nabarangpur districts. The weather condition is likely to continue until October 26.
In the wake of the changing conditions, the regional Meteorological department has issued warnings for different districts including state capital Bhubaneswar and parts of Cuttack, Balasore, Bhadrak and Khurda districts. On Thursday, all schools and Anganwadi centres in eight districts of Cuttack, Bhadrak, Ganjam, Gajapati, Dhenkanal, Puri, Jajpur and Kendrapada were closed on Thursday due to incessant rains.
The Met Centre has issued an orange alert (be prepared warning) for Nuapada, Baragarh, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh and Keonjhar districts from Thursday morning to Friday morning. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur in the districts of Nuapada, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh and Keonjhar between October 24 and 25, the weather department said. A yellow warning has been issued for Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Bhadrak districts from Friday to Saturday morning, forecasting heavy rain during the period.