Bhubaneswar: The south-west monsoon arrived in Odisha on Thursday, leaving the state alerted and prepared in order to face the challenges that come along with it in the form of floods and extreme weather. The monsoon is likely to advance over other parts of the state in the next two days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
According to the Met department, the monsoon has so far covered Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Gajapati, Ganjam and parts of Bargarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Khordha and Puri districts. “Southwest monsoon further advanced into Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and south Odisha,” the IMD tweeted.
The Met Centre has issued a red-alert warning for Friday for some districts as heavy to extremely heavy rain would very likely hit a few places in Kandhamal, Boudh, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Nayagarh, Sonepur, Khordha, Puri and Jagatsinghpur, the department said. Other places such as Ganjam, Cuttack, Angul, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Malkangiri, Koraput and Kendrapara are also on the radar. The met centre warned of localised flash flood in some places and possible landslides in the hilly areas.
According to the weather department, Paradip in Jagatsinghpur and Bolangir received 65.5 mm and 72 mm of heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours till 8.30 am on Thursday, while Sambalpur received 62.6 mm rain and Nayagarh 42 mm.
Anticipating the challenges the monsoon brings with it, the state government has placed all the districts on the alert to face the eventualities like flash floods and inundation of lowlying areas due to the extremely heavy rainfall on account of low-pressure area and subsequent advancement of the monsoon.
In order to be prepared if flooding occurs, the Housing and Urban Development department has issued an alert to all the District Collectors to ensure that the urban zones of their respective districts were not affected due to flooding. They have been directed to supervise the activity to check urban flooding and ensure minimal inconvenience to the people. A checklist highlighting 19 SoP items was circulated on Thursday.
The IMD had on Wednesday warned that isolated extremely heavy rainfall was likely over Odisha on June 11 and 12 which may lead to flooding of roads, water logging in low lying areas, disruption of traffic, damage to kutcha (raw) houses, vulnerable structures, standing crops.
Along with monsoon, the fairly widespread thunderstorm activity accompanied by frequent cloud to ground lightning is likely to hover over Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar during the next two days, it added further.
Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena has apprised all the collectors and Municipal Commissioners about the heavy rainfall in Odisha from June 10 to 14.
(With inputs from PTI)