Bhubaneswar: Several parts of Odisha on Wednesday experienced rainfall under the impact of a low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours as the low pressure, situated nearly 565 km away from Gopalpur, is likely to develop into a deep depression in the next 24 hours.
The incessant rain accompanied by gusty surface winds lashed several parts of the state, damaging the standing crops.
Farmers in several parts of Odisha were forced to harvest prematurely after the agriculture department asked them to take adequate measures to protect their crops.
However, the farmers of some districts were left in the lurch as their crops were not harvest-ready, said sources.
The state received 2.8 mm average rainfall while the highest rainfall of 12 mm was recorded in Puri followed by 11 mm in Ganjam, 10.6 mm in Nayagarh, 9.4 mm in Khordha, 7.1 mm in Jagatsinghpur and 6.7 mm in Jajpur, said the Met department.
At least 15 districts namely Angul, Bargarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nawarangpur, Nuapada, Rayagada, Sambalpur, Subarnapur and Sundargarh did not receive any rainfall.(IANS)