BHUBANESWAR: Blistering heat wave prevailed in most parts of Odisha as 16 places recorded above 40 degree Celsius while mercury soared above 45 degree Celsius in nine places throwing normal life out of gear.
As wave condition continued in Odisha, the special relief commissioner office received alleged 66 death cases due to sunstroke.
Western Odisha town Titlagarh recorded temperature of 47 degree Celsius, which is highest across the country, followed by Sonepur 46.2. Both Hirakud and Talcher registered 45.6 degree Celsius while the capital city recorded 40.3 degree Celsius and Cuttack at 39 degrees.
Jharsuguda, Bhawanipatna and Angul also found their place in top 10 towns across the country for recording highest temperature.
The regional director of Met department Sarat Chandra Sahu said the heat wave condition would prevail in several parts of the state till April 23.
He, however, said southern parts might experience rain within the next 24 hours.
“Strong and gusty surface wind speed reaching 35 to 40 kmph likely to prevail along and off Odisha coast. Fishermen are advised to be cautious while venturing into the sea,” said a release from the Met department.