Bhubaneswar: As the India Meteorological Department forecasted heavy rainfall in Odisha on December 3, the State government directed District Collectors ensure safe storage of harvested crops.
The Special Relief Commissioner, Pradeep Kumar Jena directed the Collectors to take measures for shifting of harvested paddy to safe places. In order to avoid any loss and damage due to rain, the crop should be stacked properly under suitable cover, Jena added.
This apart, the SRC stated, “Where paddy crops are ready for harvest, steps may be taken to harvest the same and store safely to avoid any damage due to rain.”
In mandies or yards, necessary steps must be taken to protect paddy against the rain, the SRC letter read.
“Situation may be closely monitored and action as deemed necessary be taken in case any eventuality,” it stated.
Jena asked the Collectors to ensure advice for fishermen is strictly implemented, adding that details of any incident due to rain must be promptly reported to the State Emergency Operation centre.
The weathermen predicted that heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Gaiapati, Ganjam and Puri from 8.30 AM of 03.12.202t up to 8.30 AM of 04.12.2021.
Light to moderate rain or thundershower is very likely to occur at many places over the districts of south coastal Odisha, at a few places over the districts of north coastal Odisha, Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Dhenkanal and at one or two places over the rest districts of Odisha from 8.3o AM 03.12.2021 up to 8.30 AM of 04.12.2021.
The rainfall will occur under the influence of a low pressure over South Andaman sea that will subsequently concentrate into a depression over southeast and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal.