Death toll due to gruelling heat in Orissa rose to 15 on Sunday as two more people lost their lives with the temperature remaining above 42 degree Celsius in many places despite substantial fall in mercury level here and adjoining areas.
The death toll due to sun stroke, which stood at 13 till yesterday, mounted to 15 with the searing heat claiming two more lives, one each in Jagatsinghpur and Puri districts, official sources said.
Highest number of three sun stroke deaths each were reported from Khurda, Angul and Dhenkanal districts, while two heat related deaths were confirmed in Jagatsinghpur and one each in Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur and Puri districts, they said.
Residents of Bhubaneswar, which sizzled at 44 degree celsius yesterday, had some reasons to cheer as the maximum temperature settled at 39.9 degree celsius today, sources said.
However, there was little respite from sweltering heat in the western region with Titlagarh and nearby areas recording a maximum of 44 degree celsius, while temperature in the coal belt of Talcher was 45 degree celsius, they said.