After Warning Of Heavy Rain, Odisha Government Cautions Paddy Farmers

Bhubaneswar: With heavy rainfall warning issued by the India Meteorological Department or IMD in many parts of Odisha, the state government today asked farmers to shift their harvested paddy from the fields to safe places to avoid loss or damage. Rain is likely to lash Odisha for at least three days from December 7 due to a well marked low pressure that lies over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea today, the weather centre in Bhubaneswar said.

Rain is likely to lash Odisha for at least three days from December 7 due to a well marked low pressure that lies over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea today, the weather centre in Bhubaneswar said.

It is very likely to become a depression over southeast Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours and further intensify into a deep depression during subsequent 48 hours. It is likely to move west-northwestwards towards north TamilNadu – south Andhra Pradesh coasts next three days, it said.

The Revenue and Disaster Management department advised farmers to stack the paddy under suitable cover, or harvest the crops if they are ready.

On Sunday, IMD had said that heavy rain is likely to hit parts of Odisha for three days starting from December 7, after a low-pressure system formed over the south Andaman sea. The system is expected to become a depression and move towards north Tamil Nadu and the Andhra Pradesh coast.

At least 18 districts of Odisha are likely to have heavy rainfall, including Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinhpur and Cuttack, Sarat Chandra Sahu, director of regional meteorological centre, said, according to The Telegraph. Low intensity rainfall is likely to occur in districts like Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam and Malkangiri, he added.

In view of the emerging weather conditions, the Revenue and Disaster Management department has advised the farmers of the districts likely to be affected to shift their harvested paddy to safe places and keep it properly stacked under suitable cover so as to avoid any loss or damage.

Where paddy crops are ready for harvest, the farmers should take steps to harvest the same and store safely to avoid damage due to rains, a senior official said adding necessary measures should also be taken to protect the paddy in mandies, if any, from rain.

Farmers in most parts of the state have already suffered a lot due to crop loss caused by unseasonal rains last month.

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