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Rain, hailstorm lash Odisha, flights diverted

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Rain accompanied by gusty winds and hailstrom today lashed parts of including the state capital

While Chandbali in district recorded 58.8 mm rainfall, Paradip in the coast received 27.2 mm rainfall. Heavy downpour has also been reported from Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Balasore, Puri, Baripada, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Sundergarh, Hirakud, Daringbadi and Dhenkanal, sources said.

Rainfall, along with lightning in several districts, brought much-needed respite from the scorching heat. Trees and were uprooted at several places, while farmers alleged crop loss due to the rain.

Unofficial reports from Kendrapara, Subarnapur and Bargarh districts claimed three persons died from the rains.

"We cannot confirm the deaths. The concerned district authorities will confirm the deaths," Deputy Special Relief Commissioner told

At least two Bhubaneswar-bound flights were today diverted to Kolkata due to heavy rain and inclement conditions.

An Indigo flight which left Bengaluru at 9.55 am and arrived in at 12.40 pm, was diverted to Kolkata as the authorities of the air traffic control at the Biju Patnaik International Airport did not allow the flight to land due to strong wind accompanied by rain.

Similarly, the Hyderabad-Air Asia flight, which left at 11.15 am and arrived in Bhubaneswar at 1 pm had to leave for Kolkata due to bad

In Puri, chariot construction work was affected for about two hours as rain lashed the temple town this afternoon.

The of Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued thunderstorm warning for as many as 17 districts of

The latest Doppler radar and satellite imageries indicate that thunderstorm accompanied by hail and gusty surface wind speed reaching 50 to 60 kmph is likely to occur in these districts, an bulletin stated.

The also forecast heavy to very heavy rain at one or two places in coastal

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 21:50 IST