One more sunstroke casualty was reported on Tuesday in Odisha, taking the official toll to 17 as several parts of the country continued to reel under heat wave. Sriganganagar in Rajasthan also recorded a scorching 45.8 degrees celsius.
The victim hailed from Balasore in Odisha. The number of deaths suspected to be from heat strokes increased to 174 from 171 on Monday, the special relief commissioner’s (SRC) office said.
Officials said that out of the 174 deaths, 92 have been probed in which it was found that 75 died of other reasons. 82 cases are yet to be examined.
Mercury continued to rise with Sambalpur recording 42.2 degrees celsius while Titlagarh recorded 42 degrees celsius, MeT office in Bhubaneswar said.
In Rajasthan, mercury remained on the upward side where Sriganganagar was the hottest place -- at 45.8 degrees celsius -- followed by Bikaner that reeled under 45.2 degrees celsius.
Churu, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Ajmer, Kota and Jaipur recorded maximum temperatures of 44.8, 43.9, 43, 42.8, 42.6 and 41.8 degree celsius respectively.
In Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, temperature hovered over 42 degrees. While Allahabad recorded 42.8 degrees celsius, Hisar sizzled at 42 degrees celsius. Varanasi recorded 41.7 degrees celsius while capital Lucknow posted 39.5 degrees celsius.
It was a relatively hot day in the national capital, with the maximum temperature settling at 38.7 degrees celsius while humidity level in the air oscillated between 35 and 63%.
In the west, Vadodra recored over 40 degrees celsius while in the east, Jamshedpur and Patna both stood at 39 degrees celsius.
West Bengal experienced a relatively pleasant weather, with capital Kolkata registering 37 degrees celsius. Bankura recorded the highest at 39.7 degrees Celsius followed by Sriniketan posting 38.1 degrees celsius.
In south, Hyderabad, which has received rains lately, recorded 38.6 degrees celsius, and Chennai and Thiruvanathapuram posted 37 and 33.7 degrees celsius respectively.