Heatwave throws life out of gear

Bhubaneswar: Unrelenting heatwave continued to batter life across the state as mercury hovered around 40 degrees Celsius at maximum places with Talcher recording the highest at 44 degrees on Tuesday.

The temperature showed an upward trend as places including Talcher, Angul, Bolangir, Titilagarh, Baripada and Bhubaneswar recorded a temperature level not less than 40 degree Celsius.

One of state’s hottest places Talcher recorded as much as 44 degrees Celsius today. The town, that witnessed a blistering heatwave recording as much as 50 degrees Celsius in the summer of 2005, has been experiencing a temperature of 42 degrees Celsius for the last one week.

Similarly, Talcher’s adjoining area Angul too reeled under the scorching heat as mercury soared to 42 degrees Celsius.

The western part of the state too came under the grip of the heatwave with Bolangir and Titilagarh witnessing 43 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature of all other areas of Western Odisha.

Temperature in the state capital and Baripada was recorded at 41 and 40.5 degrees Celsius respectively.

The streets wore a deserted look as people preferred to stay indoors.