Pre-Monsoon Rain Starts In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday confirmed pre-monsoon rainfall in almost all parts of Odisha.

IMD’s additional director general Mrutyunjay Mahapatra said pre-monsoon rainfall in Odisha will continue for the next 4-5 days but the south-west monsoon is likely to be delayed in the state, reaching late by 5-6 days.

“The south-west monsoon has advanced further into the Andamans and is now moving towards the Kerala coast. Taking the wind speed into consideration, it is expected that the monsoon will hit the Kerala coast by June 6. As the monsoon usually hits the Odisha coast around June 10, after hitting the Kerala coast on May 30, the onset of monsoon in Odisha will either be later part of second week of June or early part of third week of June,” Mahapatra said.

On Monday, pre-monsoon rains were reported from Mayurbhanj, Kalahandi, Koraput, Keonjhar, Kandhamal, Malkangiri, Gajapati and Ganjam districts.

Meanwhile, the MeT Centre has predicted heavy rainfall at one or two places over the districts of Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak  and Jajpur on June 4; Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Bhadrak on June 6; Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapada and Gajapati on June 7 and Malakangiri, Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam and Balasore on June 8.

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