Heavy rain lashes Odisha, IMD issues red alert for six districts

Puri district in Odisha recorded its wettest ever September day on Monday, with several locations experiencing record-breaking rainfall.  . A red alert was issued by the weather agency for Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Nayagarh, Khorda, Dhenkanal districts.

The state is presently under the influence of a deep depression, which according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), will pass through northern Odisha districts today before it weakens in the next 24-hours.

The 24-hour rainfall recorded at various locations in Puri was Astaranga – 530mm, Kakatpur – 525mm, Gopa – 331mm, Satyabadi – 328mm, Nimapara – 302mm, Pipili – 263mm, Brahmagiri – 240mm, Delanga – 228mm, Kanas – 212mm and  Krushnaprasad – 179.4mm.  Similar extremely heavy rain spells were reported at Paradip — 221mm and Sambalpur — 94mm during the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

Puri district recorded 343mm in the past 24 hours whereas the normal rainfall for September is 229.5mm, as per the records maintained by the Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneshwar. The previously highest single-day rainfall over Puri during September was 210.8mm recorded on September 20, 1934.  Rainfall in Kendrapara (276mm) and Jagatsinghpur (264mm) districts also broke their all-time records. These districts, otherwise, report 248.8mm and 249.8mm in the entire September month. 

In fact, the southwest monsoon starts its withdrawal in September. Odisha’s normal rainfall for the month is 226.6mm. 

The latest update provided by the IMD suggests that the deep depression had crossed north Odisha coast near Chandbali on Monday morning. This system continues to remain largely over northwest Bay of Bengal and will move north-northwestwards along north Odisha and north Chhattisgarh. 


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