Bhubaneswar: The Regional Office of Indian Metrological Department (IMD) here forecasted that heavy to very heavy rain is likely to lash 10 districts of the State, including Khordha, Cuttack and Puri on December 9 and 10 due to a deep depression over central Bay of Bengal.
The latest IMD bulletin said heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places in Khordha, Cuttack, Puri, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Koraput districts during next 48 hours. Besides, thundershower is likely to occur at most places in coastal and interior Odisha during the period.
Squally winds with a speed of 40 to 50 kmph and gusting up to 60 kmph are likely to prevail along and off Odisha coasts during next 36 hours.
Besides, four districts of southern Odisha would witness scattered rains. Since sea condition would be rough to very rough, local cautionary signal-III has been hoisted at all ports in the State and fishermen.
The depression over southeast and adjoining central Bay of Bengal moved further north-northwestwards at a speed of about 20 kmph during the last six hours and intensified into a deep depression over central Bay of Bengal about 590 km south-southeast of Gopalpur at5.30 am on Friday.
State Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi asked the district Collectors to remain on alert and take the necessary precautions. Sethi said if required the leaves of all employees of concerned departments would be cancelled and asked them not to leave their headquarters. He also asked all the Collectors to remain in touch with the State Control Room. He informed that the ODRAF, Fire Brigade and police officials have been asked to remain on standby to combat any eventuality.