Bhubaneswar: Intense heatwave prevailed across Odisha on Monday with Titlagarh in western region of the state becoming the hottest place recording 47 degrees Celsius, highest in the state so far this summer.
The entire state virtually turned into a hot cauldron as the mercury breached the 43 degrees mark in at least nine places and 40 degrees mark in 14 places.
Titlagarh was closely followed by Balangir, which recorded a maximum temperature of 46.5 degrees Celsius, while the mercury stood at 45.2 degrees Celsius at Bhawanipatna, 44.9 degrees Celsius at both Malkangiri and Sonepur, 44.1 degrees Celsius at Angul and 43.9 degrees Celsius at Saambalpur, said met department.
Meanwhile, eight persons have died due to sunstroke in the state.
Special Relief Commissioner’s office said it has received 62 death cases related to heatwave.
“While the department has received 62 death cases allegedly due to sunstroke, 22 cases have been inquired and eight cases were confirmed due to sunstroke,” said the office.