Heavy rains in Odisha breaks earlier rainfall records, 13,0000 evacuated

Excess rainfall in Odisha, over 13,000 people evacuated.

 

Rains in Odisha for the past 3 days have broken most records with excess rainfall in 11 districts along with a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal.

Odisha has received 448% more rain than is normal in September. Odisha usually receives an average rainfall of 7.8 mm between September 13 and 14. However, it received 155 mm rainfall during September 13 and 14 which is 869% excess rainfall.

According to experts, the shifts in weather patterns due to climate change can adversely affect the state’s agriculture.
The heavy rainfall has led to floods in the cities of Bhubaneswar, Puri, and Cuttack. Talcher recorded the highest 394 mm rainfall on September 13 followed by Birmharajpur which recorded 372 mm rainfall and Tikarpada which recorded over 300 mm rainfall.

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The government of Odisha has evacuated over 13,000 people from areas swirling with floodwater in 20 districts. Due to rain triggered by the great depression in the Bay of Bengal, four people lost their lives. The rains affected about 2 million people in 20 of the 30 districts.

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By Tuesday evening, the water had crossed danger levels in the Baitarani river and Mathani in the Jalaka river.The authorities have opened 12 gates of the Hirakud dam in the Sambalpur district to release the floodwater.

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