Bhubaneswar: The local Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued thunderstorm and lightning alert for 16 districts in Odisha.

The IMD cautioned the people of Khordha, Puri, Ganjam, Angul, Gajapati, Cuttack, Malkangiri, Koraput, Nayagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts between 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

The IMD also advised the people of these districts to take shelter in nearby buildings or other safe locations.