Heat intensifies in Odisha, Titlagarh at 43 deg C

Bhubaneswar: The searing summer heat in Odisha intensified today in many parts of the state and Titlagarh remained the hottest place at 43 degree Celsius.

The mercury hovered above 40 degree Celsius in at least 13 places in the state as entire western Odisha and many parts of southern region sizzled in the blistering heat.

Bolangir town in western Odisha recorded 42.7 degree celsius followed by 42.5 degrees at Bhawanipatna, 42 degrees in Malkangiri, 41.9 degrees at Angul, 41.2 degree C at Sambalpur and 41.1 degrees at Hirakud and Talcher, the met office said.

The mercury stood at 41 degree Celsius at Jharsughda, 40.4 degree at both Phulbani and Sonepur and 40 degree Celsius at Keonjhargarh and Sundargarh, it said.

The maximum temperature in both Bhubaneswar and neighbouring Cuttack city stood at 37 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, the MeT office predicted rain or thundershower occur at one or two places over coastal Odisha districts and interior districts of Kandhamal, Rayagada and Kalahandi under the impact of a well marked low pressure over the Bay of Bengal.

The heat wave has so far claimed one life in the state. A man died due to sunstroke in Bargarh district of western Odisha, according to the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC).