Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 12:
Most parts of Odisha came under the grip of an intense heat wave today while the sunstroke death toll mounted to 17 in the state with the confirmation of two more cases in Mayurbhanj and Bolangir districts.
Mercury soared up alarmingly in 16 towns and cities of the state.
While Sonepur recorded the highest temperature at 44 degree Celsius, the capital city of Bhubaneswar was the second hottest place with 43.2 degree which was a jump by nearly 6 degree over Sunday’s temperature.
Temperature went up to 40 degree and above in Baleswar (41.8), Chandbali (42.6), Cuttack (40.8), Angul (41.1), Baripada (42.4), Jharsuguda (42.4), Keonjhargarh (41.9), Sambalpur (42.8), Sundargarh (42), Hirakud, (42.6), Talcher (42.6), Bhawanipatna (41.2), Bolangir (42.0) and Titlagarh (42).
The local Met office, in a release here today, said despite the possibility of rain or thundershower at one or two places, the temperature levels would go up further in the state till May 16.
Sources in the special relief commissioner (SRC)’s office said of the 17 confirmed deaths, four are from in Mayurbhanj district, three from Balangir, two from Keonjhar and one each from Angul, Baleswar, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Khurda districts.