Odisha reels under severe heat wave, death toll reaches 20

The death toll due to sunstroke mounted to 20 in Odisha today as searing heat wave condition intensified further with Titlagarh and Sonepur sizzling at 44.8 degree celsius.

PTI| Last Updated: May 21, 2014, 19:31 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: The death toll due to sunstroke mounted to 20 in Odisha today as searing heat wave condition intensified further with Titlagarh and Sonepur sizzling at 44.8 degree celsius.

The toll due to sunstroke which stood at 18 earlier, shot up to 20 as two fresh deaths - one each from Cuttack and Jajpur districts - were reported, official sources said.

Sunstroke has so far claimed four lives in Mayurbhanj district this summer followed by three in Balangir and two each in Cuttack, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Keonjhar. The toll was one each in Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Dhenkanal and Khurda districts, sources said.

While Titlagarh and Sonepur in western Odisha were the hottest places recording 44.8 deg C, the capital city of Bhubaneswar sizzled at 44.2 degree celsius, the met centre here said.

The mercury soared up to 44.5 degree celsius at Sambalpur, while it was 43.5 degree at Baripada, 43.4 degree at Hirakud, 43.3 degree in Jharsuguda, 43.2 degree at Bhawanipatna, 43 degree celsius at Balangir and 42.7 degree celsius in Angul, it said.

Severe heat wave conditions are likely to prevail in many parts of Odisha for next two days, the met office said.