No respite from heat, sunstroke toll rises to 16 in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Despite several parts of Odisha witnessing Nor’wester rains, there has been no respite from the scorching heat wave conditions. Seven towns recorded temperatures over 40 degree Celsius here on Monday.

The sunstroke toll climbed to 16, said the office of Special Relief Commissioner (SRC). As per sources, the death toll due to sunstroke, which stood at 12, mounted to 16 this summer with four more casualties – three from Sundargarh and one in Angul district.

With this, four heat-related deaths each have been reported from Sambalpur and Angul, while three deaths each took place in Bargarh and Sundargarh districts. One each in Balangir and Bhadrak, the statement said.

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Angul was the hottest place in the state recording 43.1 degrees Celsius followed by Hirakud where the mercury stood at 41.5 deg C, the MeT office here said.

Sambalpur recorded a maximum of 40.8 degrees Celsius, while it was 40.6 degrees Celsius in Malkangiri and Sonepur and 40.5 degrees Celsius in Balangir and Titlagarh, it said.

The state capital, Bhubaneswar, registered a maximum of 39.8 degrees Celsius while Cuttack recorded 38 degrees Celsius, it said.