A visual of rain in Odisha on Tuesday.
A visual of rain in Odisha on Tuesday.

Heavy rain lashes 6 districts of Odisha, 500 people in 12 villages shifted to cyclone shelters

ANI | Updated: Oct 14, 2020 02:17 IST

Gajapati (Odisha) [India], October 14 (ANI): With heavy rain lashing Odisha triggered by a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal crossing the coast, authorities have begun shifting people from the worst-hit Gajapati district.
Around 500 people from 12 villages in four blocks of Gajapati district were shifted from vulnerable areas to cyclone shelters as a precautionary measure, Kasinagar Tahasildar Santswarup Mishra told ANI.
On Tuesday morning the deep depression crossed the Andhra Pradesh coast, close to Kakinada and under its influence six southern districts of Odisha- Gajapati, Ganjam, Rayagada, Koraput, Nabarangpur, and Malkangiri have witnessed heavy downpours over the the last two days.
Mishra visited Sitapur and nearby cyclone relief centres and arranged free flooding for all villagers.
Apprehending landslides similar to last year due to the downpour, the authorities have also made arrangements to evacuate many other people from hilly areas of four blocks, Mishra said.
H R Biswas Director IMD said that heavy rain is likely to occur at some places over these six districts including Puri, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Jagatsinghpur till Wednesday.
As sea conditions were rough along and off Odisha coast and squally weather prevailed in the region, fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea in the next 24 hours.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday issued a Yellow Warning predicting heavy rainfall over the districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Khurda, Puri, Malkangiri, Koraput, Nawarangpur, Kalahandi and Kandhamal. (ANI)