BHUBANESWAR: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday said many places in coastal districts of the State will receive light to moderate rainfall during next 24 hours.
A low pressure area is likely to form over west-central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours and under its influence, coastal areas of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh are likely to witness an increase in rainfall activity from Monday to Wednesday.
Director of Regional Meteorological Centre HR Biswas further said one or two places in coastal districts of the State including Puri and Jagatsinghpur will receive heavy rainfall in next 24 hours. Squally winds between 40 km/hr and 45 km/hr will prevail likely along the coastal areas on Monday and Tuesday, he said.
The IMD also also cautioned fishermen against venturing into the sea.
In the wake of the IMD forecast, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) has issued an advisory for farmers to take precautionary measures to prevent pests from attacking their standing crops.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi has also asked all the district Collectors to remain prepared to deal with any kind of emergency situation arising out of the expected rainfall activity during next two days.