Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Department today warned of thunderstorm accompanied with lightning at one or two places over nine districts till 8.45 pm in the State.
According to MeT bulletin, the thunderstorm and lightning will occur in Kalahandi, Koraput, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Sundergarh, Jharsuguda and Keonjhar between 5.45 pm to 8:45 pm today.
It advised the people of these districts to remain alert during the period.
In comparison with other natural calamities that cause more economic losses, the death toll due to lightning is much higher in Odisha.
As many as 456 human lives have been lost during the year 2017-18 due to lightning, which records a 15 per cent increase over that in the 2016-17.
Lightning has become a major disaster in Odisha that claims more than 400 human lives on an average per year.