Bhubaneswar: With heavy rainfall crippling normal life across state the situation is set to become worse as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the low pressure over Bay of Bengal is likely to turn into a depression during the next 24 hours.
“The low pressure over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood now lies as a well marked low pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining West Bengal and Odisha with associated cyclonic circulation extending upto 7.6 km above mean sea level tilting southwestwards with height. The system is likely to concentrate into a depression and move west northwestwards during next 24 hours,” a bulletin of the IMD said.
The Regional Meteorological Centre in a release said the system will trigger heavy rainfall at isolated places in north Odisha and coastal parts of the state. It also warned fishermen against venturing into the sea as strong surface wind will prevail along and off Odisha coast.
On the other hand, the Meteorological Centre issued thunderstorm and heavy rainfall warning for Boudh, Sonepur, Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, Angul, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Cuttack districts.
Meanwhile, several rivers across the state swelled and crossed danger level at various places. The water level of Jalaka river was 6.05 at Mathani Tuesday morning against the danger level of 5.5. Similarly, water level of Subarnarekha river was recorded at 49.26 at Jamsolaghat against danger level of 49.15. Baitarani, Bansadhara and Rushikulya rivers have also started to swell up.