Heatwave sweeps Orissa

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 22:41

Bhubaneswar: A large number of birds were
found dead at Baripada as Orissa reeled under heatwave
conditions with the mercury touching 47.1 degree celsius at
Talcher, the highest ever temperature recorded in the state
this month.

While the suspected sunstroke death toll remained at
53, a large number of birds (mostly bats) were found dead at
Gandhi Park in Baripada which recorded 46 degree celsius.

Official reports of bird deaths also poured in from
some other parts of Mayurbhanj as well as Keonjhar and other
forested districts.

Almost all the 30 districts of the state experienced
temperature about four degree C above normal, a Met official
said, adding that the state capital recorded 42.4 degree C
against yesterday`s 38.5. Similarly, Cuttack, which recorded
37.4 degree C yesterday, registered 43.3 degree C.

Normal life was affected in many places as people were
forced to remain indoors due to the unbearable heat.
In western Orissa, there was no respite from the
scorching heat as well, with the temperature soaring above 44
degree C in Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Hirakud, Titlagarh,
Balangir, Sundargarh and Angul.

Even coastal Balasore recorded a maximum of 45 C.

However, coastal towns Puri and Paradip were among
cool places in the state with recording of 31.3 and 31.2
degree C respectively, reports said.

The met office forecast continuance of heatwave
condition in the state for the next 48 hours.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 22:41

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