India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Odisha has received 456.3 mm rainfall between June 1 and July 31 which is 19 pc deficit than its average rainfall during the same period.
Kharif operations have been considerably delayed in many districts owing to scanty rainfall. The State has recorded a deficient rainfall of 29 pc till July 24.
"Under the influence of the system, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall activity is likely to occur in Odisha between July 28 and 30," said Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre Director HR Biswas
The reservoir level is also within safe limit. Considering the current situation, there might not be any need for opening more gates.
"There is also a possibility of formation of another low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal within next week," said Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre Director HR Biswas
In the Twin City of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, cloudy sky conditions will prevail with one or two spells of intense rainfall on Friday.
Heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places in five southern districts - Koraput, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur - on Monday.
The IMD on Friday issued a warning for thunderstorm and lightning at few places in the State over next four days.
Residents were left to fend for themselves as drain-water gushed in through their houses in Nayapalli, Behera Sahi and other residential areas.
Heavy rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places in Koraput, Sambalpur, Keonjhar and eight other districts on Wednesday.
Southwest monsoon covers entire Odisha; to move towards Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh in next three days
Garadpur in Kendrapara district, Hindol and Angul received 11 cm rainfall each and Keonjhar 8 cm in the last 24 hours (till 8.30 am on Sunday).
Engineering-in-Chief of Water Resources department Jyotirmaya Rath said that there will be rainfall in the upper catchments of Mahanadi river as predicted by the IMD.
A low pressure area is lying over north-west Bay of Bengal and under its influence one or two places in Balasore, Bhadrak, Rayagada and Nuapada witnessed heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours.
In one of the worst-hit Kankadapal village in Baliapal, over 127 out of 327 families have lost homestead and farmlands to the river which has been eating up land mass since 12 years.
Even as the administration is trying to finish the procurement on time, flouting of COVID norms is delaying the process.