Coal town talcher sizzling with 44.5 degree Celsius
Coal town Talcher today recorded the highest maximum day temperature of the season in Odisha with the mercury rising to a record 45.5 degree Celsius.
Talcher became the hottest place in the state for the fourth consecutive day today.
The town was the hottest place in the state on Monday at 43.8 degrees and maintained its position also on Tuesday after the mercury rose to 44 degrees.
It continued to remain the hottest place in the state yesterday with mercury hovering over 44.3 degrees.
Today, the temperature rose to 45.5 degrees highest in the season, followed by Angul, which recorded 43.1 degrees.
Local Met office sources here said the heat wave condition would continue in the next two days.
The unprecedented rise in temperature paralysed the normal life in Talcher and its surrounding areas.
Due to rise in temperature, the water sources have gone dry and around 100 villages are facing acute shortage of water.
People preferred to remain indoor and not venture to go out even after 0800 hrs in the morning. The roads and markets wore a deserted look in many places in the state.
Not only Talcher, but the entire state was reeling under the grip of severe heat conditions for the last couple of weeks.
Western Odisha was worst affected as the mercury was hovering above 42.5 degrees in almost the entire region.
As many as 15 places in Odisha today registered a maximum day temperature of above 40 degrees.
So far, 30 heatwave related deaths were reported from different parts of the state. but the authorities have confirmed only three deaths till date.
(Posted on 02-05-2014)