Odisha may receive heavy rain and hailstorm from January 11, Meteorological Department alert

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  • Rain may start in some districts of Odisha from January 10
  • Transport the harvested crops to a safe place in the field

In Odisha, there is a possibility of hailstorm with heavy rain and thunderstorms for three days from January 11. Farmers have been asked to shift their crops to a safer place. Meteorologists said that due to the western disturbance moving towards East India and moisture from Bay of Bengal, agriculture may be affected.

According to the agency, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Center said in a bulletin that there is a possibility of light to moderate rain at many places in the districts of Odisha during January 11-14. The department on Tuesday issued a yellow alert regarding thunder and hailstorm in seven districts – Bargarh, Bolangir, Sonpur, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh and Deogarh. There may be thunderstorms and heavy rains in Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Boudh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Cuttack and Nayagarh districts on Wednesday.

Meteorologists have predicted heavy rains in some areas of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Nayagarh and Kandhamal districts on Thursday. It has been said in the bulletin that rain may start in some districts of western Odisha from January 10.

Postpone sowing of Rabi pulses and oilseeds for a few days

The Meteorological Department has advised the farmers to transport the harvested paddy to a safe place inside by Monday and postpone the sowing of Rabi pulses and oilseeds for a few days. According to the department, mature vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, tomato, beans, green peas, carrots and radishes can also be harvested. They can be transported to a safe place.

Make arrangements to remove water from the farm

Vegetables like onions, tomatoes, chillies and cauliflower, which are in sprouting stage, should be arranged to be covered with plastic or polythene sheets to protect them from hail. The bulletin states that arrangements should be made for drainage of water in the nursery as well as in the field. The Met Office said irrigation should be stopped for groundnut and mustard crops, as most of them are in flowering stage and rains would be helpful.

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