BHUBANESWAR: Odisha continued to boil under intense heat wave as 14 places recorded maximum temperature above 40 degree Celsius out of which five places recorded above 44 degrees on Monday.
The highest temperature of 46.0 degree Celsius has been recorded at Titlagarh in Bolangir district followed by Bhawanipatna at 45.7 degrees and Bolangir at 45.5 degrees.
So far reports regarding the death of 99 persons due sun-stroke have been received from different sources. On enquiry, death in 4 cases has been confirmed to be due to sunstroke, said a release of Special Relief Commissioner.
In 31 cases, the death has occurred due to other reasons. The remaining 64 cases are under enquiry. As per the report of Health and Family Welfare Department, 99 patients with heat-related complaints were treated in different hospitals, the release added.
Given continued heat wave situation prevailing in different parts of the state, the government decided to close all schools for summer vacation from Wednesday.
Previously, the schools were closed from April 12 to April 26 due to severe heat wave condition.
Topmost priority was being given to supply of water to habitations facing water scarcity. As many as 533 tankers had been engaged, and 1181 Syntex tanks placed to meet the requirement of water supply in urban areas.
Similarly, 877 tankers have been engaged in rural areas for the supply of water in scarcity areas. Besides, 708 mobile vans have been deployed for taking up the repair of defunct tube wells in rural areas as well as rural piped water supply projects. 899 new tube wells have been sunk in partially covered habitations.