Heavy rains likely in Odisha from August 3

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Bhubaneswar: Heavy rains are forecast in the State in the next few days as a low pressure area (LOPAR) is likely to form over the northwest Bay of Bengal off the West Bengal coast on August 2 and intensify into a depression the next day, said the Centre for Environment and Climate (CEC) of SOA University on Wednesday.

The system was expected to intensify into a deep depression on August 4 over the northwest Bay of

Bengal and merge with another depression, now lying over the South China Sea, which was likely to move towards the Bay of Bengal, CEC director Sarat Chandra Sahu.

The depression over South China Sea would initially move in a north-northwestwardly direction and then southwestwards towards northeast Bay of Bengal, he said.

This system is likely to merge with the deep depression formed over northwest Bay of Bengal on August 5 and move in a northwestwardly direction and cross the Odisha-West Bengal border near Digha on the night of August 5 or early morning of August 6.

Under its influence, rainfall would increase gradually from August 2 in the districts of Baleswar, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Khordha, Cuttack and Dhenkanal, Sahu said.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall might be experienced from August 3 in the State’s coastal belt as also in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Angul, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Balangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Kandhamal. The rains might continue till August 6 night, he said.

Under the influence of the system wind, speed reaching 60 km per hour, might be experienced in coastal and adjoining districts, Sahu said, adding that the catchments of upper and lower Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarani, Budhabalanga and Subarnarekha rivers could receive heavy precipitation between August 3 and 6.

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