Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 4:
In spite of the recession in the heat wave in most parts of Odisha, the sunstroke death toll in the state went up to 30 today.
Sources in the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said 30 deaths have been confirmed as caused by sunstroke, while investigation is on in the remaining 116 cases by the district collectors.
An evening weather bulletin said barring Bhubaneswar, which recorded the highest 40.3 degree Celsius, temperature in most parts of the state remained below 40 degrees.
Temperature came down appreciably in four interior districts due to overnight moderate to heavy rainfall.
Jharsuguda recorded the highest rainfall in the last 24 hours with 31.6 mm followed by Hirakud (21), Daringbadi (15), Titlagarh (14), Sundargarh (13) and Chandbali (9.3).
The Met Office here also said in a release today said the southwest monsoon is most likely to hit the Kerala coast in the next 24 hours due to favourable wind condition.
“Besides, under the influence of a trough line across the South Arabian Sea and Kerala which has intensified further, there are reports on pre-monsoon rains in some parts of Kerala. If the system continues, it is expected that the monsoon would hit Odisha coast by June 14,” Dr Sarat Sahu, director, Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar, told the media.