Bhubaneswar: Gruelling heat swept across Odisha today throwing life out of gear with Jharsuguda becoming the hottest place at 44.4 degrees Celsius.
The number of deaths due to sun-stroke stood at three.
The casualties have been reported from Bargarh, Angul and Balangir districts, the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said.
The state virtually turned to a boiling pot as the mercury breached the 43 degree mark in ten towns and 40 degree mark in at least 15 places, with the MeT office forecasting that heat wave will intensify.
Angul recorded a maximum temperature of 44.1 deg C, while it was 43.7 deg C at both Talcher and Bhawanipatna, 43.5 deg C at Titlagarh and Balangir, 43.4 deg C at Hirakud, 43.2 deg C at Malkangiri, and 43 deg C at Sundargarh and Sambalpur, the MeT office said.
Sonepur recorded 42 deg C, while the mercury stood at 41.8 deg C at Sonepur, 41.8 deg C at Dhenkanal, 41.6 deg C at Keonjhar, 40.4 deg C at Phulbani and 40.2 deg C at Chandbali, it said.
The maximum temperature in state capital Bhubaneswar dropped marginally to 37.8 deg C from 40.8 deg C recorded yesterday, while the mercury stood at 38.6 deg C in Cuttack city, the Met department said.
Normal life was thrown out of gear in most parts of the state, particularly in western Odisha, due to scorching heat with roads wearing a deserted look during the day as people chose to keep indoors.