Schools Closed In Various Districts Of Odisha Due To IMD Warnings
Due to the ongoing heavy rainfall affecting the Southern States, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning for heavy rainfall in specific districts of Odisha. As a result, the Balangir district administration has taken the precautionary measure of closing schools for today, August 2nd. This closure also extends to Anganwadis, prioritizing the safety of both students and teachers.
School closures have been implemented in several districts, namely Keonjhar, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Subarnapur, Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Angul, Boudh, Nayagarh, Balasore, and Nuapada. Additionally, IMD has issued an orange alert for the following districts: Jajpur, Bhadrak, Deogarh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sonepur, Boudh, Sundergarh, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri, Kalahandi, and Kandhamal. This alert indicates the likelihood of heavy to very heavy rainfall.
Keonjhar's Collector has directed all Block Development Officers (BDOs) to remain vigilant regarding potential issues arising from the heavy rainfall. Similarly, in response to IMD's red alert signaling severe rains, the Bolangir district government has declared a holiday.
The IMD's advisory predicts heavy rain in numerous Odisha districts over the next two days. Fishermen have also been cautioned by the IMD to avoid venturing into the water. IMD scientist HR Biswa, speaking to the media, highlighted that significant portions of Odisha can expect heavy downpours during the upcoming 48 hours. He further noted that the northern part of the Odisha district and surrounding areas will likely experience heavy rainfall within the next 24 hours.
According to the India Meteorological Department, heavy to very high rainfall is anticipated across various states until August 5, 2023. Specifically, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in East UP, Uttarakhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, as well as Sub Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim on August 2nd and 3rd, 2023.