Odisha under ‘Red Box’ alert for two days

Bhubaneswar: No immediate respite from intense heat wave in the State is in sight as the Meteorological department has issued a ‘red box’ warning for the State for May 26 and May 27.

The warning usually means high chances of heat stroke, dehydration and fatality with temperatures inching upwards of 45° Celsius, worsened by a constant dry and torrid wind.

The warning has also been issued for Jharkhand and coastal Andhra Pradesh for May 26. Meanwhile, Angul yesterday recorded the highest temperature in the State at 47 degree Celsius. Other towns which recorded temperatures of more than 46 degree were Hirakud 46.6, Titilagarh 46.5, Sambalpur 46.4, Jharsuguda 46.4 and Bolangir 46.2.

People stayed indoors in most places during the peak hours. Roads wore a deserted look while private and government offices in some places saw thin attendance.

Though the special relief commissioner’s office has put the number of deaths due to sunstroke at five, unofficial sources have put the toll at 23.