Bhubaneswar, May 8 The unprecedented and intense heat wave condition prevailing in major parts of Odisha for over a fortnight this year has claimed as many as 55 lives of which the government has so far confirmed 15 deaths while waiting for report of another 20 casualties from the district collectors. UNI | 3 months ago

State Relief Commissioner(SRC) office sources here today said so far allegation of 55 deaths have been received by the office from various districts in the state.

Out of the 55 deaths, the district collectors have so far confirmed only 15 deaths and investigating the reports of another 20 deaths to ascertain whether these were due to sun stroke or any other reasons.

The SRC office claimed that 20 deaths were found not related to sun stroke but due to some other reasons. The tribal dominated Mayurbhanj district has claimed a maximum three sun stroke deaths followed by two each in Keonjhar and Bolangir district.

The Bolangir district in Western Odisha had reported the allegation of maximum six sun stroke deaths followed by five each in Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Angul district.

Meanwhile,the met office sources here today said the day temperature which has shown a slight declining trend over the last two days,had started soaring with mercury hovering over 40 degree Celsius in as many as eight towns today.

Sonepur in Western Odisha recorded the day's highest temperature with 43 degree Celsius followed by state capital of Bhubaneswar(42.2 degree Celsius).

The other towns which reported rise in day temperature today are Bhawanipatna(41.5), Titlagarh(41.2) Sambalpur(41.4) Jharsuguda (40.6), Angul (40.7) and Chandbali(41.6).

Met sources said the mercury would further rise in the coming days and heat wave condition is likely to prevail in most parts of the state for the next 48 hours although there would be thundershower and gusty winds reaching speed of 45 to 60 kmph likely to hit one or two places in the state in the next 24 hours.

(Posted on 09-05-2014)