Several parts of Odisha are likely to witness heavy rainfall in the next four days, said the Meteorological Department in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. According to the weather bulletin, a monsoon trough line extending from east Uttar Pradesh to north Tamil Nadu through Odisha is responsible for the heavy downpour.

Heavy rain is expected to lash the areas of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Cuttack, Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Bolangir and Bargarh districts till Thursday.

Thunderstorm and lightning might occur in certain areas of Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Khurda, Puri, Kandhamal, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam and Balasore till Thursday.

Meanwhile, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi and Nuapada districts may receive heavy to very heavy rainfall. Similarly, a heavy downpour is expected in parts of Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kandhamal and Bolangir on Thursday and Friday.

Parts of Gajapati, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Sundargarh districts are likely to witness heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday. According to the MeT, the intensity of rainfall will subside thereafter.

Earlier this month, several parts of the state witnessed two spells of the heavy downpour. The recent incessant rains also led to flash floods in several areas.

Fortunately, the water levels of all major rivers in Odisha including Mahanadi are below the danger marks. As per Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office, the water level of Mahanadi at Naraj in Cuttack is at 24.75 metres. The danger level is 26.41 metre.