Talcher sizzles at 47.2 degree C

Bhubaneswar: Odisha on Thursday continued to reel under blistering heat as mercury in the western parts of the state hovered above 45 degree Celsius.
While Talcher town topped the day’s hottest place in the state with 47.2 degree C, mercury touched 46.6 and 46.5 degree C in Bolangir and Titlagarh, respectively, an official release issued by the meteorological centre here said.
The other relatively hotter places which recorded temperature of 45 degrees Celsius were Sambalpur (46.2), Sonepur – 46.0, Bhawanipatna – 45.8, Hirakud – 45.8, Jharsuguda – 45.5 and Sundargarh – 45.5 degree. The release added temperature of five towns in the state including Angul, Bhubaneswar, Phulbani, Malkangiri and Keonjhar remained between 40 and 45 degree Celsius.
Three deaths have been reported due to sun stroke so far during the current summer, official sources said.
Normal life was thrown out of gear in most parts of the state with roads presenting a deserted look during the day as many people refrained from venturing out as a precautionary step against heat stroke.
On May 10, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) had directed the district collectors to review the situation of the districts at their level on daily basis and ensure that all arrangements to mitigate the effects of the heat wave and water scarcity are in place.
The district administrations have been asked to specifically see that habitations facing water scarcity are supplied with drinking water through tankers.