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Sunstroke death toll mounts to 15 in Odisha even as temp levels fall


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 7:

The official death toll in the heatwave related deaths went up to 15 today even as the gruelling heat wave that had wreaked havoc in Odisha for three weeks, appeared to have relented for the second day on Wednesday.

Sources in the office of the State Relief Commissioner (SRC) said while the number of sunstroke deaths exceeded 50, three more deaths have been officially confirmed.

While three deaths have been confirmed in Mayurbhanj district, two deaths were reported from Keonjhar and Balangir district, the sources said.Heat Wave Temp

One each has been reported from Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Khurda. 

SRC office sources said the total number of heatstroke deaths reported from across the state so far is 52. The collectors of respective districts, who  have confirmed 15 deaths, have found 18 cases of death were for other reasons.

Some relief from heat

Though the mercury shot up to 40 degree and above in four places,16 towns and cities recorded temperatures below 40 degree.

While Sonepur recorded the highest temperature at 41.8 degree, it was 40.8 in Bhubaneswar and 40.5 degree each in Sambalpur and Titlagarh.

The local Met office, in a release here this evening, said there could be rain or thundershowers at some places in the state under the influence of a cyclonic ring formed over the east-northeast parts of the country.

The temperature levels in the state are likely to be within tolerable limits for at least a week, i.e. till May 14 after which the temperature could go up, it added.