Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 9:
The south-west monsoon is likely to hit the Odisha coast between June 13 and 15, the India Meteorology Centre (IMD) said today.
The northward movement of the monsoon has been hindered due to a severe cyclonic storm formed over the Arabian Sea, delaying the onset of monsoon in the process, Director of the IMD centre Dr Sarat Sahu said.
“The condition would be favourable for the northward movement of the monsoon only after the weakening of the severe cyclonic storm ‘Ashobaa,’ which is presently lying 590 km west and South West of Mumbai,” he said.
With the temperature rising sharply in most parts of Odisha today with nine towns and cities recording over 40 degree Celsius, the sunstroke death toll in the state went up to 41, sources in the office of the Special Relief Commissioner said.
Out of a total of 165 deaths reported in the state, 41 have been confirmed as sunstroke deaths while investigation is on to ascertain the cause of the remaining 124 deaths by the district collectors, they added.
A release by the local Met office here this evening said Sambalpur was the hottest city in the state today with 42.9 degrees while temperature remained at 40 degree and above in Chandbali (40.8), Bhubaneswar (41.7), Angul (41.7), Baripada (40.6), Jharsuguda (41.8), Sundargarh (40), Hirakud (41.7) and Talcher (40.6).