Bhubaneswar, May 21 UNI | 2 months ago

The entire Western Odisha has virtually turned into a burning cauldron today with mercury rising over 44 degree Celsius bringing normal life at many places to a grinding halt.

Met sources said while two towns in western Odisha- Titlagarh and Sonepur recorded 44.8 degree celsius, six other towns witnessed mercury hovering over 43 degree Celsius.

As many as 16 towns across the state were reeling under an intense heat wave condition for last fortnight with day temperature rising over 40 degree Celsius.

Besides the Titlagarh and Sonepur, the state capital Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur were also boiling with day temoperature rising over 44 degree Celsius.

Streets in many districts wore a deserted look as the unbearable heat wave condition forced the people to remain in doors after 1000 hours.

Met sources said the heat wave condition will prevail for the next 48 hours and there will be no respite from the gruelling summer in next few days.

Meanwhile, the death toll in the sunstroke today rose to 20 with two more deaths confirmed by the district collectors.

However, the Special Relief Commissioner(SRC) office here has so far received the allegation of 88 sun stroke deaths during the season.

Out of the 88 deaths, so far 49 cases had been investigated by the district collectors and 20 of them found to be the sun stroke deaths while the rest 20 caused due to some other reasons.

The state government is still awaiting the report of 39 allegation of sun stroke deaths from the district collectors.

(Posted on 22-05-2014)