Bhubaneswar, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

Several cities in Odisha are sizzling under a blistering heat wave condition with mercury hovering over 42 degree Celsius in eleven places and over 40 degree Celsius in six towns paralysing normal life.

Bhawanipatna and Titilagarh today recorded the maximum day temperature of 43 degrees followed by capital city Bhubaneswar 42.7 degrees, which recorded the hottest day yesterday.

Besides, Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur and Talcher, Hirakud, Dhenkanal,Chandbali, Baripada and Malkangiri reported the day temperature above 42 degree Celsius.

Local Met department predicted that there would be no respite from the scorching heat in next 48 hours and the heat wave conditions would prevail in many places of the state during the next two days.

At least at six places --Cuttack,Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Sundergarh, Phulbani and Sonepur, the maxium day temperature soared above 40 degree Celsius.

Met sources said thunderstorms may hit certain areas in northern Odisha during the next two days.

Heatwave condition forced the people in many areas not to venture out during the day time and remained indoor. Roads and markets wore a deserted look.

The state government has issued a series of instruction to the people advising them what to do and what not during heat wave conditions.

Elaborate arrangements were made in various hospitals to take care of the sunstroke victims.

Many government and private organisations have opened 'Jala chhatra'to provide water to the people.

Although heatwave related deaths were reported from-Angul(1), Bhadrak (1),Boudh (1), Cuttack (2) Dhenkanal (2),Nuapada (1), Puri (1) and Sambalpur (1), the Special Relief Commissioner(SRC) office here confirmed only one death at Cuttack.

(Posted on 26-04-2014)