Odisha confirms summer’s first sunstroke death

Bhubaneswar, April 17 (IANS) Authorities Wednesday confirmed this summer’s first sunstroke death in Odisha.

The victim was a 65-year-old woman, who died last week at Dudhia Berani village in Cuttack district, about 30 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, an official in the state relief commissioner’s office told IANS.

It was the first sunstroke death confirmed by officials so far this summer in the state, although local newspapers have reported as many as ten deaths in the past two weeks.

Meanwhile, a heat wave sweeping across the state intensified further with two western Odisha towns Bolangir and Titilagarh recording maximum temperatures of 42.5 degrees Celsius Wednesday, the day’s highest in the state.

State capital Bhubaneswar also recorded a day-time high of 40.4 degrees Celsius, an official of the Bhubaneswar meteorological centre told IANS.

According to officials, over 2,000 people were killed in the state in May 1998 due to the searing heat wave.

The day temperature had also risen to 50.1 degrees Celsius in Titilagarh town in Bolangir district, about 400 km from here, in June 2003. That was the highest ever recorded temperature in the state.

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