Sunstroke toll rises to two in Odisha amid severe heatwave

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Bhubaneswar, (Reporterspen), April 29: As scorching temperatures persist in Odisha, another sunstroke-related death was reported on Monday, bringing the state’s toll to two. Official sources confirm the latest fatality in Dhenkanal district, following the recent sunstroke death in Balasore.

In addition to the fatalities, a total of 257 individuals have been afflicted by heat-related illnesses and sunstroke, receiving treatment at various hospitals across the state. Sundargarh district leads with 60 reported cases, followed by Mayurbhanj with 40 and Khurda with 36, where 18 patients are currently admitted to Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

Odisha has been grappling with intense heatwave conditions for the past fortnight, with temperatures soaring across the region. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts the blistering heatwave to persist until May 3, with daytime temperatures expected to remain 3-6°C above normal in certain districts.

Despite the relentless heat, Odisha experienced a slight reprieve, with Keonjhar recording the highest maximum temperature at 43°C, followed by Jharsuguda (42.8°C), Sambalpur (42.6°C), Hirakud (41.8°C), Rourkela (41.8°C), Balasore (41.4°C), Bhubaneswar (41.3°C), and Chandali (40.7°C) as of 2:30 pm.

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