Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 3:
Bhubaneswar remained the hottest city in Odisha for the third successive day, but temperatures remained below 40 degrees Celsius in the state, bringing relief to the people.
Though the mercury dipped considerably across the state, the death toll due to sun stroke increased to 29 today.
The state Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office confirmed the death of 29 people due to sunstroke across the state. While 135 complaints of sun stroke deaths were received, 29 were confirmed as caused by the heat wave. Presently, 64 other cases were under investigation by the District Collectors. Of the total complaints received, 42 cases were found to be due to some other reasons.
Bhubaneswar remained the hottest place in the state at 39.9 degree Celsius with relative humidity level remaining at 89 per cent. Next to the capital city, Chandbali recorded 38.8 degree C followed by Talcher at 38.7, Sambalpur 38.2, Jharsuguda 38.1 and Bolangir 38.0 degree C.
The regional MeT office here predicted further dip in temperature and rainfall at some places. The Met office bulletin said moderate to heavy rainfall and thundershowers in interior Odisha and light to moderate rain at a few places in coastal Odisha is likely to occur in the next 24 hours.