Bhubaneswar: Severe heatwave conditions continued in several parts of Odisha Sunday with the death toll due to sunstroke this summer rising to 32, an official said.
"The death toll due to sunstroke has increased to 32 in the state," PR Mohapatra, Under- Secretary of the state`s disaster management department told a news agency.
While some coastal areas experienced a slight drop in temperature in the last two days, the western parts of the state continued to face searing heat, recording temperatures close to 46 degrees Celsius.
The district headquarters town of Sambalpur, about 320 km from here, and Hirakud town in the district, recorded a maximum temperature of 45.5 and 45.8 degrees Celsius respectively Saturday, the Bhubaneswar meteorological centre said in a bulletin.
Sonepur, the district headquarters town of Subarnapur, and Titlagarh town in Balangir district, recorded the day`s highest temperature at 45 degrees Celsius each, it said.
The state capital Bhubaneswar had recorded 46.7 degrees Celsius June 5 this year, beating the previous record of the highest temperature of 46.5 degrees Celsius recorded on May 22, 1972.
The weatherman has predicted the onset of south-west monsoon in the state by next week