Eight Die in Odisha Heatwave, Death Toll Rises to 109

Sonepur recorded a maximum temperature of 46.5 degrees on Tuesday, making it the hottest place in the state.

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Sonepur recorded a maximum temperature of 46.5 degrees on Tuesday, making it the hottest place in the state. (Photo: AP)

Eight people have died in a severe heatwave in Odisha, with Sonepur recording a maximum temperature of 46.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, making it the hottest place in the state.

The entire western Odisha continued to experience gruelling heat as the mercury touched 46 degree Celsius in Bolangir, according to the Meteorological Centre in Odisha. However, in Titlagarh, which had recorded 48.5 degree Celsius on Sunday, the temperature dropped to 45.5, it said.

As the coastal belt experienced slight respite from the searing heat following light rainfall in a couple of places, the state capital Bhubaneswar recorded 38.9 degree Celsius, slightly lower than 39.2 degree Celsius, which was recorded on Monday.

The MeT said there was no major change in temperatures in the state and they remained significantly above normal over interior Odisha. The department added that heatwave conditions were likely to prevail at a few places over interior Odisha for the next 48 hours, it said adding thunder accompanied by hail and gusty surface wind was likely to occur at one or two places over coastal Odisha and districts of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal, Angul, Jajpur, Kandhamal and Nayagarh in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a report from the Special Relief Commissioner’s office said the number of alleged sunstroke death cases has increased to 109 and confirmed cases climbed to eight. While three persons died of heat related incidents in Angul district, two persons died in Dhenkanal and one person each succumbed to sunstroke in Bolangir, Balasore and Jajpur districts, SRC officials said.

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