Heavy rainfall in Odisha: Schools to remain closed for two days in 12 districts

Bhubaneswar: All schools in as many as 12 districts of Odisha, where Red Warning has been issued in view of heavy rainfall due to depression over Bay of Bengal, will remain closed for two days, informed School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash today.

The 12 districts are Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Sonepur and Bargarh.

The Depression over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha coast intensified into a Deep Depression and crossed the coast near Chandbali, early this morning, said India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The system is very likely to continue to move west-northwestwards across north Odisha, north Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh during the next 48 hours, the IMD forecasted.

Incessant rainfall in Odisha due to depression over Bay of Bengal broke records in several parts of the state during the last 24 hours.

As per the Regional Meteorological Centre here, Puri received 341 mm rainfall between 8.30 AM of September 12 and 8.30 AM of September 13, which is the highest-ever recorded rainfall in the area in a span of 24 hours.

Similarly, Bhubaneswar recorded highest-ever rainfall in a day in the month of September as the state capital received 195 mm of rainfall between 8.30 AM of September 12 and 8.30 AM of September 13.

The city had earlier recorded 163 mm rainfall on September 9, 1985, 116 mm on September 1, 2014 and 126 mm on September 25, 2019.

Other areas of the state that experienced intense rainfall during the last 24 hours are Paradeep (219 mm), Chandbali (46 mm), Gopalpur (64 mm) and Balasore (24 mm).

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