Govt assures support to farmers
By Saroj Kumar Behera
Bhubaneswar, Dec. 9: Heavy rains caused by a deep depression formed over Bay of Bengal on Saturday lashed most parts of Odisha, seriously damaging standing paddy crop and vegetables in thousands of acres of land.
The depression, according to local Met office, is very likely to maintain its intensity during the next 24 hours with a possibility of triggering heavy rainfall over north coastal districts of Odisha.
“The depression over west central and adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of about 18 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 5.30 pm today over northwest Bay of Bengal, about 150 km south-southeast of Gopalpur and 150 km south-southwest of Paradip and 330 km south-southwest of Digha,” a bulletin of the local meteorological centre said.
“It is very likely to maintain its intensity during 24 hours and weaken gradually into a well marked low during subsequent 12 hours,” it added.
“Heavy rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places very likely over north coastal districts of Odisha during next 12 hours,” it forecasted.