As many as 23 people reportedly died of sun stroke so far this summer in Orissa which reeled under sweltering heat on Sunda with Talcher recording highest temperature of 44.3 degree Celsius.
“A total of 23 deaths allegedly due to sun stroke have so far been reported from 13 of the 20 districts of Orissa,” official sources said on Sunday adding maximum number of four deaths each were reported from Puri and Khurda districts followed by three from Keonjhar.
Two deaths due to suspected sun stroke took place in Jagatsinghpur and Nayagarh districts, while Angul, Cuttack, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh reported one death each, they said.
All these cases were being examined thoroughly even as one of the deaths from Jagatsinghpur was already confirmed to have taken place due to sun stroke, a senior official said.
Talcher in the coal belt and its adjoining areas sweltered as the mercury soared 44.3 degree Celsius, while neighbouring Angul recorded a maximum temperature of 43.7 degree Celsius on Saturday, a met official said.
The heat wave intensified in western Orissa with Balangir recording a high 43.4 degree Celsius followed by 43.2 in Sambalpur and 43 in Sundargarh, Titilagarh and Jharsuguda yesterday, the department said.