Bhubaneswar, Apr 29 UNI | 3 months ago

Severe heatwave conditions gripped the entire Odisha with the mercury hovering above 40 degree Celsius in as many as 19 towns including the capital city of Bhubaneswar.

Talcher in the coal belt area today converted to a burning cauldron and was the hottest place in the state with maximum day temperature touching 44 degree Celsius followed by Sonepur and Sambalpurin Western Odisha with 42.6 degree Celsius each.

At least six cities--Talcher,Sonepur, Sambalpur, Hirakud, Jharsuguda and Angul recorded maximum day temperature of above 42 degree Celsius.

The capital city Bhubaneswar recorded a maximum day temperature of 40.9 degree Celsius.

Local MET office sources here said the there would be no respite from the scorching heat during the next 48 as the heat wave condition would prevail in next two days.

Sources said thunderstorms may occur in certain areas in some coastal districts during the next two days.

Meanwhile, Special Relief Commissioner's office here said so far 24 heatwave casualty reported across the state but the authorities have confirmed only two sun stroke
deaths--one each in Cuttack and Mayurbhanj district.

Sources said seven deaths were caused due to other reasons and the rest 15 death cases were under investigations.

As per the reports Dhenkanal and Jagatsinghpur reported three deaths each, followed by Mayurbhanja, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Bhadrak, Balasore two each and Sonepur, Sambalpur, Puri, Nuapara, Khordha, Boudh and Anugul one each.

(Posted on 30-04-2014)