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Saswat Singhdeo

Keonjhar: Amid intensifying heat wave, five persons lost their lives reportedly due to sunstroke in different places of the State today. A resident of Belbahali village of Keonjhar, Dharanidhar Sahu, suffered heatstroke while working on the terrace of his house and died on the spot. In Thakurpali forest of Nuapada, an elderly person collapsed while collecting Kendu leaves.

Another elderly man, who had come to Gurudikhal Bazaar of Bolangir, lost his life reportedly due to sunstroke. Similarly, in Boudh, one Lakshmi Prasad Dehury died after suffering a stroke on account of severe heat.

Similarly, a ward member from Brahmagiri area, Surendra Kumar Ransingh, is suspected to have died due to sunstroke in Puri's Badadanda. Ransingh's body has been sent for post mortem.

Heat wave is likely to sweep most parts of Odisha for next few days amid spells of thunderstorm and lighting activities, as per the latest forecast of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar.

The Met office has predicted that mercury is likely to be above normal in interior and western Odisha including districts of Bolangir, Sonepur, Sambalpur and Bargarh, while hot and humid weather is likely to prevail in coastal parts of the State for next few days.

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