Several parts of Odisha and Rajasthan have been experiencing heavy to very heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms under the impact of cyclonic storm Daye.
Reviewing the rainfall situation, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Friday, sanctioned gratuitous relief for seven days at Rs 60 per day per adult and Rs 45 per day for children below 12 years in the Malkangiri district.
Due to incessant rain in the upper catchment area, the Kolab Dam authorities in Koraput have opened two gates of the reservoir on Friday.
- Patnaik had directed the district administration to reach out to those affected and extend all assistance to them
- The Chief minister had ordered officials of the coastal districts to be alert and prepared
- NDRF and ODRAF had also been deployed in different districts
Rains Lash Several Parts of Odisha
The cyclone crossed Odisha’s coast near Gopalpur in the early hours of 21 September, causing heavy to very heavy rainfall in several areas like Gajapati, Ganjam, Puri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts.
The tribal-dominated district of Malkangiri has been the worst affected.
Several rivers in the district including Pangam, Saptadhara, Korukonda were flowing above danger-level while road communication between Malkangiri and Chhattisgarh has been disrupted, an official said.
With water crossing the danger mark in Balimela reservoir in Malkangiri district, four gates of the reservoir have been opened, said the official.
Deep Depression Turns Into Depression Over Odisha & Chhattisgarh
The India Meteorological department said in a tweet that the deep Depression over Interior Odisha and adjoining Chhattisgarh, weakened into a Depression and lay centred at 5:30pm on Friday, 21 September.
Deep Depression over Interior Odisha & adjoining Chhattisgarh, weakened into a Depression and lay centred at 1730 hrs IST of today, the 21st September, 2018 over northeast Vidarbha & neighbourhood near latitude 21.40N and longitude 80.20E, close to south of Gondia (Vidarbha). pic.twitter.com/pUrsNWvSqd— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) September 21, 2018
People From Low-Lying Areas Evacuated, CM Sanctions Gratuitous Relief
Bishnu Pada Sethi, Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha told ANI, “People from low lying areas were evacuated on 20 September night and kept at shelters. No persons are injured or dead. Malkangiri has received very heavy rainfall in last 24 hours.”
He added, Except for Malkangiri, the situation is normal in all other districts. The water level in all major rivers is below the danger level. CM has sanctioned gratuitous relief of Rs 60 a day per person and Rs 45/per day for children below 12 for seven days.”
CM @Naveen_Odisha reviewed rain situation in #Malkangiri & has sanctioned gratuitous relief of ₹60 a day per person and ₹45/per day for children below 12 for seven days. @DM_malkangiri officials have been directed to reach out to affected & provide all possible assistance.— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) September 21, 2018
Watch: Flooding in Odisha's Malkangiri
Two Shutters of Upper Kolab Dam Opened Today
Two shutters of Upper Kolab dam in Odisha’s Koraput have been opened today following a rise in the water level, reported ANI.
IMD Alerts Fishermen Along West Bengal, Odisha Coast of Rough Sea Conditions
Anticipating rough weather conditions, IMD alerted fishermen in the west-central and north areas of the Bay of Bengal and other areas along the coast of West Bengal and Odisha to not venture into the sea.
Waterlogging Following Heavy Rain in Malkangiri
Part of Malkangiri in Odisha faced waterlogging following heavy rainfall due to the cyclonic storm.
Cyclone ‘Daye’ Crosses Coast in Odisha
Cyclonic storm ‘DAYE’ crossed the coast near Gopalpur in Odisha early Friday, triggering heavy downpour accompanied by high velocity wind in several parts of the state.
The cyclonic storm ‘DAYE’ over northwest Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestward with a speed of about 23 kmph and crossed south Odisha and adjoining Andhra Pradesh coast close to Gopalpur in the early hours of Friday, Director, Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, HR Biswas said.
Cyclone 'Daye' to Bring Rains in Maharashtra: Officials
The developing cyclone off the coast of Odisha is set to bring heavy to moderate showers in Vidarbha and north madhya Maharashtra, reported PTI quoting an IMD official.
The official added that the state's Konkan region, which includes Mumbai, will receive isolated downpour Saturday onwards. Sunday, incidentally, would see massive crowds in Mumbai as well as other cities in Maharashtra as people flock to water bodies to immerse Ganesh idols.
Fishing Operations Suspended Till Friday
In view of the adverse weather conditions, the MeT office has advised suspension of fishing operations and asked fishermen not to venture into the sea till Friday.
Special Relief Commissioner B P Sethi has asked all concerned to remain alert, closely monitor the situation and keep the administrative machinery fully prepared to meet any eventuality and ensure round-the-clock functioning of the control room.
Deep Depression Intensifies Into Cyclonic Storm
The deep depression over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm on Thursday night and is expected to hit the Odisha coast near Gopalpur shortly, the India Meteorological Department said.
"Cyclonic storm 'Daye' lay centred over northwest Bay of Bengal, about 90 km southeast of Gopalpur, and is likely to cross south Odisha-north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Kalingapatnam and Puri," Director of the Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, H R Biswas said.
It will make landfall as a cyclonic storm with winds gusting up to 80 kmph, he said.
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