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Heavy rain likely in Odisha over next few days

With a fresh low-pressure area brewing over the Bay of Bengal, many parts of rain-soaked Odisha are likely to be lashed by heavy downpour over the next few days, the weather office said on Thursday.

Several areas in the state have been experiencing heavy rainfall due to a low-pressure area, which has weakened and moved west north-westwards and currently lies over southwest Madhya Pradesh, the Meteorological Centre here said.

Under its impact, light to moderate rainfall happened in most places of the state with heavy rainfall in some areas in districts such as Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Malkangiri, Jagatsinghpur and Jajpur, it said.

The state may receive more rainfall as another low- pressure area is likely to develop over west-central, adjoining north of Bay of Bengal around August 9, it said.

While rainfall of varied intensity is expected to lash most parts of the state till Monday, the Met Centre has forecast heavy downpour at some places over the districts of Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Keonjhar till Friday.

Similarly, heavy rainfall is likely at certain places over the districts of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Mayurbhanj, Kendrapara, Kalahandi and Boudh on Saturday.

On Sunday, heavy to very heavy rainfall may lash some places in Kalahandi, Bolangir, Boudh, Kandhamal, Sonepur, Nuapada, Nawarangpur, Sambalpur, Koraput, Ganjam and Nayagarh districts.

Heavy rainfall may lash some places in Koraput, Rayagada, Boudh and Malkangiri districts on Monday.

Due to the likely formation of the fresh low-pressure area, strong monsoon current and surface wind with speed reaching up to 40-50 kmph are likely over west-central Bay of Bengal.

In view of the rough weather, fishermen were advised not to venture into the deep sea area of west-central Bay of Bengal on Sunday and Monday. PTI