BHUBANESWAR: After two days relief, mercury has shown an increasing trend with 15 places recording atmospheric temperature above 40 degree Celsius on Sunday.
A total 7 places recorded above 43 degree Celsius. The highest temperature of 44.5 degree Celsius was recorded at Bhawanipatna. Both Bhubaneswar and Titlagarh both recorded 44.0 degrees and Talcher 43.7 degree, said a bulletin of Indian Metrological Department (IMD).
The Special Relief Commissioner office confirmed the death of 13 persons due to sunstroke.
“In 48 cases out of total 135 reports of alleged death due sunstroke received from different sources, the death has been found to have occurred due to other reasons,” said an official of SRC.
He said as many as 559 tankers had been engaged, and 1252 syntex tanks placed to meet the requirement of water supply in urban areas.
Similarly, 1056 tankers have been engaged in rural areas for the supply of water in scarcity areas. Besides, 699 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. 1807 new tube wells have been sunk in partially covered habitations, he added.