Three more die of sunstroke in Odisha as heat continues grip

New Delhi, Apr 30 (PTI) Three fresh sunstroke casualties were reported in Odisha today as heat wave continued to sweep several parts of the country with Rajasthan’s Phalodi scorching at 46 degrees Celsius.

The highest temperature in Odisha was recorded at 44 degrees Celsius in Sonepur followed by Sundergarh (41), Talcher (40.8) and Bhawanipatna (40.5), a MeT official said.

The sunstroke toll in the eastern state mounted to 13 with the three fresh cases being confirmed in Angul and Balasore districts, according to special relief commissioner’s office in Bhubaneswar.

Several other parts of the country also continued to reel under heat wave conditions with Barmer sizzling at 45.4 degrees Celsius.

Jaisalmer, Churu, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Kota recorded the maximum of 44.7, 44.5, 44.4, 44.3 and 44.2 degree Celsius respectively.

In the national capital, the maximum temperature stood at 39.9 degrees Celsius while humidity in the air oscillated between 18 per cent and 57 per cent.

Major parts of Uttar Pradesh also experienced scorching heat with Banda recording as the hottest place with a maximum temperature of 45.2 degrees Celsius.

In Jharkhand, Dumka recorded the hottest at 44 degrees Celsius followed by Chaibasa at 43.9 degrees Celsius. Capital Ranchi posted 40.2 degrees Celsius and experience a little thundershower while Jamshedpur recorded 42.4 degrees Celsius.

Bihar continued to experience heat wave condition with capital Patna sizzling at 44.3 degrees Celsius.

In West Bengal, temperature in Kolkata stood at 40.4 degrees Celsius.

Hisar in Haryana experienced sweltering heat at 43 degrees Celsius while mercury in Narnaul stood at at 41.5 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab, Amritsar had a hot day at 41.5 degrees Celsius, up four notches. Ludhiana’s maximum was recorded at 41.4 degrees Celsius while Patiala braved the sun at 40.6 degrees Celsius. Capital Chandigarh residents sweated it out at 39.6 deg Celsius.

Several parts of southern India also faced heat wave condition with Hyderabad registering 42 degrees Celsius, Palakkad in Kerala posting 41.6 degrees Celsius while the mercury in capital Trivandrum stood at 35.4 degrees Celsius.

Two persons had died of suspected sun burns in Kottayam and Kannur districts yesterday.