BHUBANESWAR: Low pressure induced showers continued to pound the State for the second consecutive day on Sunday.
Most parts of the coastal districts were lashed by heavy rains as the system was lying close to northwest Bay of Bengal.
Balasore, Bhadrak, Paradip, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri have been receiving continuous showers since Saturday. The weather office said Cuttack received 75 mm rain in the last 36 hours while rainfall recorded at Bhubaneswar was 63 mm.
Western Odisha, which is reeling under severe rainfall deficit, also received continuous showers. Jharsuguda recorded 78 mm rain, while rains lashed Balangir, Titlagarh and Sonepur as well. The weather office predicted that rains and thundershower will occur at most places over the State during the next 24 hours under the impact of the low pressure.
Heavy to very heavy showers may also occur at one or two places over South and North Odisha. Anticipating disruptions by the heavy showers, the State Government has alerted the districts.
The India Meteorological Department said the showers might continue till July 14 before the intensity drops. The current spell of rain may just revive the prospects of agriculture as at least 20 districts are facing rainfall deficit which has affected the farming activities.