Bhubaneswar, May 22 UNI | 2 months ago

Severe heatwave condition continued to grip several parts of Odisha, more particularly Western Odisha where the mercury has been hovering over 44 degree Celsius for the past three days affecting normal life badly.

Titlagarh was the hottest place in the state today as the maximum temperature shot up to 45 degree Celsius followed by Sambalpur 44.9 and Hirakud 44.2 degree Celsius.

The industrial town of Jharsuguda recorded a maximum of 43.7 degrees, Bolangir 43.5 degrees and Talcher and Sonepur 43 degrees each.

The met department said as many as 13 towns in the state today recorded maximum temperature above 40 degrees.

The situation in capital city Bhubaneswar was slightly better in comparision to yesterday's 44.2 degree Celsius. The maximum dipped to 41.4 degrees.

Meanwhile, the allegation of sunstroke deaths in the state rose to 90, but the office of the Special Relief Commissioner confirmed only 21 deaths spread over 11 districts.

The maximum number of four sunstroke deaths were reported from Mayurbhanja followed by Kendrapara and Bolangir three deaths each. Jajpur and Cuttack districts reported two deaths each.

The weather office predicted heat wave condition would prevail in the state for the next 48 hours.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)