Overcast weather is predicted over the next three days: IMD

Heavy rain is expected in 17 districts from Saturday, Met office says . The monsoon, which has been weak in the state since the last few days, is strengthening .

Bhubaneswar (Bhubaneswar): Heavy rain is expected in 17 districts from Saturday, according to the Met office, which has issued a yellow and orange (be prepared) warnings of heavy to very heavy rain in some districts until August 9.The monsoon, which has been weak in the state since the last few days, is strengthening.From Sunday, the state will see widespread rain.Monday and Tuesday are the holidays.District collectors should be alert in the face of orange and yellow warnings of heavy rainfall, according to the IMD survey.

According to an official report from the agriculture department, the coverage area of paddy was reduced by 3.5 lakh hectares this year compared to last year, according to a state government study.According to a senior official in the department, the watershed affected total crop coverage by 5 lakh hectares this year.Officials were also advised to keep available irrigation facilities operational for any unwanted situation, he said.