12 Odisha towns hit by severe heat wave
Severe heat wave condition continued to grip major parts of Odisha with 12 towns in the state recording maximum temperature of more than 40 degree Celsius today.
Sambalpur which recorded a temperature of 43.2 degree Celsius was the hottest place in the state followed by industrial town of Jharsuguda 43.1, Bhawanipatna and Titilagarh 42.5 degree each, Baripada 42 degree Hirakud 42.1 degree and Sonepur 41.8 degree Celsius.
The capital city Bhubaneswar recorded a maximum temperature of 40.9 degree Celsius.
Chandbali, Angul and Talcher recorded maximum day temperature above 40 degree Celsius.
The local meteorology department here predicted that heat wave conditions would prevail in the state for the next four days after which there would be change in the situation.
It said light rain and thunder showers may hit certain pockets of the state.
Meanwhile, the Special Relief Commissioner's office here said though the number of sunstroke deaths in the state has so far touched 75 but only 18 deaths have been officially confirmed.
(Posted on 18-05-2014)