Odisha sizzles as sun’s fury continues

Bhubaneswar: As predicted by weathermen, people of Odisha continue to reel under sweltering heat with mercury crossing 40 degree Celsius at many places in the State today as well.

While the entire Odisha was sizzling with at least 16 places recording temperature above 40 degrees Celsius, the mercury level crossed 44 degrees Celsius mark in six places, IMD sources said.

The state capital Bhubaneswar recorded a temperature of 41 degrees Celsius with relative humidity at 91 per cent.

Jharsuguda (45.4) was followed by Hirakud (44.8), Sambalpur, Bhawanipatna, Titlagarh (44.5 degrees C each) and Balangir (44.2).

This was followed by Sambalpur and Sonepur (43.5 each), Angul (42.9), Talcher (42.6), Sundergarh (42.5), Malkangiri (42), Dhenkanal (41.2), Bhubaneswar (41), Chandbali, Baripada recording 40.2 degrees Celsius and 40 degrees Celsius respectively.

Meanwhile Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) G.V.G Sharma has received reports regarding death of 12 persons due to sun stroke and is inquiring into it. Regarding reports that 12 persons died to sun stroke, a release issued by the SRC office said, “on inquiry, the death of two of these cases is found to have occurred due to other reasons. The remaining cases are under enquiry.”

The condition would continue till May 29 in the State as a cyclonic circulation over east-central Bay of Bengal and subsequent formation of low pressure there has resulted in the continuation of flow of dry and hot north-westerly winds, Metereological director Sarat Chandra Sahu said here.

Temperature levels ranging between 42 and 44 degree Celsius may prevail in most parts of Odisha under the influence of the cyclonic circulation, he added.

Meanwhile, the State government is all geared up to tackle the situation arising out of the scorching summer. Sharma has asked the district collectors to remain prepared to mitigate sunstroke cases by providing timely and proper treatment to such patients, and thereby prevent any death due to it.

In his letter, Sharma has directed the collectors to ensure supply of adequate drinking water at all places and to repair all the defunct tube wells and sources of drinking water. Besides, he has asked them to ensure nobody is put to intense working during peak hours between 11 am and 3.30 pm.