Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Post the severe cyclonic storm, heatwave continued to grip Odisha with mercury hovering over 40 degree Celsius in 11 places of the State on Thursday. Officials of the Regional Meteorological Department have predicted that similar situation will persist for two more days.

A yellow warning has been issued in view of severe heatwave conditions in next two days for 11 districts of the State. Infants, elderly people with chronic diseases have been asked to avoid heat exposure.

While Titlagarh remained the hottest at 45.5 degree Celsius, Bolangir and Sonepur recorded 45 degree Celsius each. Similarly, Jharsuguda sizzled at 44. 8 degree C followed by Sambalpur (44.6), Talcher (43.5) and Hirakud (43.1).

“Like yesterday, 12 to 13 places in Odisha will record temperature above 40 degree C today. The heat wave condition will continue to prevail in the north and south interior Odisha including Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sundergarh, Deogarh, Angul, Bargarh, Sonepur, Boudh, Kalahandi, Bolangir and Nuapada for two days,” said weather expert Laxmidhar Mohapatra.

Though the temperature in coastal Odisha in comparison with the interior areas is a bit low, the moisture in the air will keep humidity levels high, added Mohapatra.

However, after two days there will be thunderstorm activity in the State bringing respite for the denizens, he said.

With Sonepur continuously recording temperature above 40 degree C for the last few days, normal life has been thrown out of gear in the district.

“With the heat, water crisis has also cropped up here. The natural water bodies have dried up and we have to depend on water supply to meet our daily requirements,” said a resident of Sonepur.

“It’s too hot here and with frequent power cuts, life has become more miserable,” said another local.