Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 5:
Despite a drastic fall in temperature in most parts of Odisha, the sunstroke death toll in the state went up to 35 today.
Out of a total of 150 deaths reported, the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has confirmed 35 deaths due to sunstroke while of the remaining 135 cases, 52 have been found to be due to some other reasons and 63 are under investigation by the district collectors.
Ganjam district recorded seven sunstroke deaths followed by six in Kendrapara, four in Bargarh, three in Dhenkanal, two each in Balangir, Cuttack, Jajpur, Puri and Rayagada and one each in Angul, Baleswar, Khordha, Jagatsinghpur and Nuapada districts, sources in the SRC’s office said.
Meanwhile, with the southwest monsoon hitting the Kerala coast today, the Indian Meteorological Centre (IMD) said the condition is favourable for the monsoon to hit the Odisha coast by second week of June.
Talking to the media today, Director, Regional Meteorological Centre, Dr Sarat Sahu said under the influence of a cyclonic circulation formed over North Odisha and adjoining Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal yesterday, there would be widespread rainfall in most parts of the state, especially in southern and northern districts. Besides, there is a possibility of heavy rainfall and Nor’wester at one or two places in the coastal districts.
The condition would prevail in the 24 hours, he added.
He, however, said the temperature is likely to go up to a maximum of 40 degree Celsius at some places in interior, north and coastal districts between June 8 and 11.