Bhubaneswar: Though people in some parts of interior Odisha had some relief from gruelling heat following reports of kalabaisakhi (norwester), there was no let up in the heat wave as temperature remained at 40 degree Celsius and above in 14 places.
As per a Met release issued this evening, Sonepur was the hottest place in the state today with 46.5 degrees while temperature went up to 40 degrees and above in 13 other places. They were Angul (43.1), Baripada (40), Jharsuguda (44.5), Keonjhar (42.2), Sambalpur (45), Sundergarh (43) Hirakud (44.6), Talcher (43.4), Bhawanipatna (45.2), Balangir (46), Phulbani (41.6) Malkangiri (43.4), Titlagarh (45.5) and Dhenkanal (40).
In the coastal districts, temperature came down by 1-2 degrees. Temperature in the twin city of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, which was 37.5 and 39.2 degrees yesterday, dropped to 36.6 and 38.9 degrees respectively.
People of Titlagarh had some much needed relief from intense heat as rain, accompanied by strong wind, lashed the town and its nearby areas in the afternoon. One person died and another was seriously injured after lightning struck them at Sindhekela block in Titlagarh sub division.
Through mercury went up to 46 degree in Balangir, weather changed in the afternoon as rain and thunder shower lashed the town relieving the people from the intense heat. A jail warder and an under-trial prisoner (UTP) were injured after lightning struck the District Jail. The UTP was later shifted to VSS Medical College and Hospital at Burla as his condition became critical.
Hail storm also lashed parts of Nayagarh and Dhenkanal districts this afternoon under the influence of Kalabaisakhi. In Nayagarh district, five cows died while a person was injured after lightning struck them at Jamusahi on the outskirts of Nayagarh town.
In Malkangiri district, rain lashed the cut-off areas in Chitrakonda for about an hour in the afternoon.
As predicted by the Met department, there will be no significant change in the weather condition till May 3.
Meanwhile, reports have been received from different sources on death of 109 persons due sun-stroke in the state. Of the 109 deaths, four have been confirmed to be due to sunstroke. In 46 cases, the death has occurred due to other reasons. The remaining 63 cases are under inquiry, a release by the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said.