Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Sunstroke claimed three lives in Odisha today with heatwave-like conditions, where Balangir recorded the highest temperature of 44.3 degrees Celsius. Scorching heat wave persisted in at least eight places breaching the 43 degree mark.

"Sunstroke has claimed at least three lives in the state so far this summer with casualties reported from Bargarh, Angul and Balangir districts," the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said.

Closely following Balangir town, Titlagarh recorded a maximum temperature of 43.8 degrees Celsius, while it was 43.7 degrees at Bhawanipatna, 43.4 degrees at both Sambalpur and Malkangiri, 43.2 degrees at Keonjhargarh and Sonepur, 43 degrees at Sundargarh, 42.8 degrees at Jharsuguda and 42.7 degrees at both Angul and Hirakud, the MeT office said.

The maximum temperature in state capital Bhubaneswar stood at 37.8 degrees Celsius, while the mercury touched 37.5 degrees Celsius in Cuttack city, it said.