Heavy rain forecast in Odisha Credit: Representational image

All district collectors in Odisha are on alert, due to the probability of heavy rain for the next three days under the influence of a cyclonic circulation over east-central Bay of Bengal.

Yellow warning has been issued by Odisha government for five southern districts of the state-Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Ganjam and Gajapati, as they are likely to receive heavy rains from Tuesday. Apart from this, three coastal districts- Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara — will be affected by the atmospheric system on Wednesday.

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Cyclonic circulation over east-central Bay of Bengal

Orange warning has been issued for Puri and Ganjam districts for Thursday by the Indian Meterological Department(IMD), as the disaster management agencies are worried over heavy downpour.

An orange alert means the authorities should ‘be prepared’; a yellow warning asks them to ‘be updated’, and a red warning means ‘take action’.

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Stressing on the need to stay vigilant during this time special Relief Commissioner P. K. Jena, has said that Districts under orange and yellow warning would have to remain in readiness to meet any eventuality.

Earlier in 2018, Cyclone Titli which had torn into the coastal areas of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh was highly devastating as it caught people off guard. Many people had lost their lives during landslides.

Meanwhile, this time a control room is operating to gauge impact of atmospheric system on hourly basis. Some reservoirs have been emptied to 65-70% by the Water resource department, inorder to accommodate additional rainwater. People staying on hilltops in Ganjam and Gajapati district have been asked by the district administration to come down to safer places.

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