Bhubaneswar: Rains came down heavily in several parts of Odisha for the second day on Friday (July 26) while the Meteorological Centre forecast heavy rainfall for the next two days in many places.

The rain was triggered by a cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal as well as a monsoon trough line from Rajasthan to Kolkata, extending up to the southeast Bay of Bengal, the weatherman said.

Light to moderate rain or thundershowers would lash most places of the state, he said adding that heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places in Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Angul, Deogarh and Sambalpur districts on Saturday (July 27).

Similarly, some places will receive heavy rain in districts such as Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda, Boudh, Sonepur, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Nawarangpur, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Bolangir and Jajpur, the weatherman said.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to take place in some areas of Koraput, Nawarangpur, Nuapada, Bargarh and Kalahandi districts on Sunday (July 28).

The MeT Centre has advised the fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off the Odisha coast on Saturday and Sunday.

Rainfall in different parts of Odisha since Thursday (July 25) morning has brought cheers among the farmers of the state where the south-west monsoon has remained elusive after making a delayed arrival last month.

The state had recorded about 32% deficit rainfall between June 1 and July 24 this year, officials said adding the deficit has now come down to 29% following enhanced rain in the last two days.

The situation is expected to improve significantly if rainfall continues for the next few days. It will immensely benefit the farmers.