Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday forecast more rainfall for Odisha and West Bengal. According to the Met department, the states will have to brace for downpour over the next two days.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the Bay of Bengal for the next 48 hours, reported PTI.
Water levels in Subarnarekha, Budhabalanga and Jalaka rivers in northern Odisha are on the rise, the weatherman said. The MeT department has predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers in both coastal and interior regions of Odisha.
Squally weather condition with wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting up to 60 kmph, is likely to prevail off the Odisha coast for the next 48 hours.
The MeT office has issued a yellow alert for Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Balasore on Wednesday, and predicted thunderstorms in parts of Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Angul, Boudh, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Dhenkanal districts.
The weatherman has asked the Naveen Patnaik government to be prepared to meet water-logging, landslides or localised flood-like situations in the districts for which the yellow warnings were issued.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Pradeep Kumar Jena, in a letter to the district collectors, has asked them to ensure round-the-clock operation of control rooms.
Talcher in Odisha received 30mm rainfall in 24 hours till 5.30 pm on Tuesday, followed by Boudh at 16mm.