Heat claims sixteen lives in Odisha

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Bhubanesawar, April 11: As many as three persons were consumed by heat wave across State in the past two days even as 18 places recorded temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius making life unbearable for the people in those cities and towns.

Stiff hot wind coupled with high temperatures virtually forced the people to remain indoors from late in the forenoon on the Sunday.

Special relief Commissioner’s control room confirmed death of three persons in different parts of the State taking the toll in heatwave to sixteen this season so far.

The control room said three persons died today due to heatstroke as the Met Office here renewed its heatwave warning across the State.

According to the Met bulletin issued in the evening the entire State witnessed heat wave condition with as many as 18 places recording temperature over 40 degrees Celsius.

Sale of green coconut, cold drinks, packaged water and lassi picked up as those who ventured out on their personal chores consumed them to beat the heat.

Director Meteorological Centre here Dr Sarat Chandra Sahoo said going temperature in Odisha this year has gone up by 4-6 degree Celsius.

“Generally the amount of rainfall and the soil condition determine the rise and fall in temperature. If the soil is covered with grass, evaporation occurs as the heat takes away the moisture from the grassy soil. As a result, the atmosphere becomes cool. But as there is no substantial rainfall in Odisha since October last year, the soil has become dry. The same condition prevails in the Central India. As per the model data we have received, the heat wave condition would prevail in the state till next week,” Sahu said.

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