Mercury soars above 40 degree C in 11 towns

Bhubaneswar: With the summers picking up, temperature soared above 40 degree Celsius in 11 towns in the State today adding to the woes of the people who are already reeling under paucity of drinking water.

According to Meteorological department, Angul reported the highest day temperature at 42.1 degree C, followed by Talcher at 42 degree. While Titilagarh and Jharsuguda recorded 41 degree C, temperature in Baripada, Hirakud, Balasore and Dhenkanal were at 40.6 degree.

Chandbali and Sambalpur reported the day temperature at 40.5 degree C while the maximum temperature in Bhubaneswar was 39 degree.

As an effect of trough line above the coastal Odisha, thunder squall warning has been issued. At some places, there is likely to be wind speed of 60-70 km per hour, said Sudarshan Mishra, an expert at the Meteorological Centre here.

Meanwhile, natives of Sinduria village in Balasore district are suffering a lot as they have to collect drinking water from a small pond situated 2 km away from their house.

“We have to get water from a faraway pond. The water there is polluted as cattle are also depending on it. The government is not doing anything for us,” said Namita Singh, a villager.

Expressing his helplessness in this regard, Rural Water Supply department assistant engineer Chittaranjan Patra said, “Due to poor road connectivity, we are unable to set up a tube well in the village.”