Bhubaneswar, May 15 UNI | 3 months ago

The entire Odisha was reeling under a severe heat wave condition with 16 towns of the state recording a maximum temperature of above 40 degree Celsius today.

The capital city Bhubaneswar recorded 43.7 degree Celsius, the highest in the state followed by Titilagarh 43 degree Celsius.

The mercury was above 42 degrees in coal town Talcher and in Keonjhargarha.

The meteorology department here though predicted that light rain and thunder showers may occur in few places during the next 48 hours but said the heat wave condition would continue and there would be no respite from the scorching heat in next two days.

Meanwhile the allegations of sunstroke related deaths in the state today went up to 67 but the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC)here has confirmed 17 sunstroke deaths so far.

SRC office here said the report regarding the 29 allegations of sunstroke deaths from various District Collectors is awaited.

(Posted on 16-05-2014)