Orissa witnesses heavy rains after onset of monsoon

June 10th, 2008 - 10:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, June 10 (IANS) Many parts of Orissa witnessed heavy rains in the past 24 hours following the onset of the southwest monsoon, an official said Tuesday. The monsoon hit southern Orissa and coastal areas Monday and the rest of the state Tuesday, an official of the Bhubaneswar meteorological office told IANS.

The tribal populated district of Keonjhar recorded highest 90.4 mm rains during the past 24 hours, he said.

The places that had heavy rains were Balasore 23.8 mm, Hirakud 88.8 mm, Rairakhol 62 mm, Sambalpur 72 mm, Puri 61 mm, Cuttack 32 mm, Kendrapada 45 mm, Angul 26.2 mm, Bargarh 7.0 mm, Bhubaneswar 41 mm, Nayagarh 42.4 mm, Nabrangpur 39 mm, he said.

The rains have brought respite to the people who faced a harsh summer this year with parts of the state recording over 40 degrees Celsius temperatures. At least 52 people died of heat wave this summer, an official of the state revenue control room said.

“The rains have brought a lot of relief to us,” said Raghunath Murmu, a tribal farmer. “The rains are timely and we hope to get a good crop,” he said.

“Thank god at least rains came,” said Silabhadra Mohanty, a college student.

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