A trough of low pressure causing it, says the weatherman
Heavy rain under the influence of low pressure area over Bay of Bengal lashed Odisha throwing normal life out of gear in the interior pockets during the past 24 hours.
Phulbani, district headquarters town of Kandhamal, and Nayagarh, received nearly 200 mm of rainfall that resulted in flash floods in small rivers and nullahs passing through the districts.
According to Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, Phulbani, experienced one of the heaviest rainfall in recent past since Friday evening. Rainfall at Phulbani was measured at 225 mm.
Heavy rainfall was reported from all parts of Nayagarh district. The district headquarters town of Nayagarh received 185.2 mm rainfall. Other major locations such as Ranapur, Daspalla and Khandapada of the district had a precipitation well above 150 mm.
The low pressure area triggered widespread rain across the State. While Paradip received 127.4 mm of rainfall, 108.8 mm rainfall was reported from Chandbali, another coastal town.
The capital city region too did not escape from the heavy downpour. Rainfall close to 100 mm was measured in Bhubaneswar and its surrounding areas on Saturday.
According to Khurda district administration, the State highway connecting Bolangir and Khurda was damaged due to swirling rainwater. Several areas in Khurda, Nayagarh and Kandhamal districts were cut off from other parts following heavy rain.
The vehicular movement came to a halt. In the capital city, people again suffered pain for choosing to stay in low-lying areas. Some houses were inundated even as people were trying to save their household articles from being soaked in water.
Special Relief Commissioner P. K. Mohapatra said the situation was under control since there was no report of floods in the State. “However, we are keeping a close watch on the situation,” he said.
Phulbani received heavy rainfall measured 225 mm Heavy rainfall was reported from all parts of Nayagarh district
Phulbani received heavy rainfall measured 225 mm
Heavy rainfall was reported from all parts of Nayagarh district