Bhubaneswar, Apr 30 UNI | 3 months ago

The coal belt of Talcher continued to remain the hottest day in Odisha for the second consecutive day today with the mercury hovering over a record 44 degree Celsius as the intense heat wave condition gripped across the state throwing normal life out of gear.

Met sources here today said Talcher recorded 44.3 degree Celsius today while seven more cities in the state gripped under the blistering heat wave condition with day temperature rising to over 42 degree Celsius

The seven towns in Odisha which recorded today more than 42 degree Celsius are Angul(43.7), Totlagarh(42.5), Sonepur(42.5), Jharsuguda (42.30), Sambalpur, Hirakud and Bhubaneswar(42.2).

There would be no respite from the gruelling summer as the heat wave condition would likely to prevail during the next 48 hours

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

Meanwhile, Special Relief Commissioner's office here said so far 30 heatwave deaths have been reported from various places in the state but the authorities have confirmed only three sun stroke deaths--one in Cuttack and two Mayurbhanj district.

(Posted on 30-04-2014)