Bhubaneswar: The city-based regional office of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the state during next 72 hours.
A press release issued by the weather department said that a low pressure area has been formed over northwest Bay of Bengal off West Bengal Coast under under the influence of the cyclonic circulation over north coastal Odisha and neighbourhood which is to trigger rainfall during next 72 hours.
Associated cyclonic circulation extends upto 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwestwards with height. It is likely to become more marked during next 24 hours, following which rain/ thundershowers is very likely to occur at most places over many districts of Odisha during next 72 hours, it added.
Isolated heavy to very heavy rain fall likely to occur over Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput, Kandhamal, Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khordha, Cuttack, Nayagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Sonepur and Sambalpur districts during next 72 hours, it stressed.
The fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea during next 72 hours.
Meanwhile, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has directed all district Collectors to remain alert. All RDCs, NDRF and fire officials also have been asked to be prepared to meet any kind of eventuality.