10 people die in Odisha due to severe heatwave
At least 10 people have died of heat stroke in Odisha, which is witnessing an intense heat wave for the past 20 days.
“Of the 42 deaths said to have been caused by the raging heat wave, officials have confirmed 10 deaths were caused by heat stroke,” a report from the office of special relief commissioner (SRC) said.
Three heat-stroke deaths occurred in Mayurbhanj district, while Balasore, Bhadrak, Balangir, Cuttack, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Khurda districts reported one death each, it said.
The report said 16 more persons had died of other causes, while reports about the cause of death in 16 other cases are yet to be received from the district collectors.
Temperatures have been hovering above 40 degrees Celsius in more than a dozen urban areas.
The coal town of Talcher recorded 45 degrees Centigrade on May 1 and May 2, Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre officials said.
Saturday’s maximum temperature of 42.8 degrees Celsius was recorded at Bhawanipatna, district headquarters of Kalahandi.
Met officials said the temperature may come down in a day or two.