Three persons have died due to sun stroke in Orissa while the intense heat wave condition in the state would continue for another four-five days, an official said.
"Though the government has received reports of 20 alleged heat-related deaths from different places during the last four weeks, only three of these were confirmed to have been caused by heat," Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) NK Sundaray said.
One death each due to sunstroke was confirmed in Angul, Dhenkanal and Jajpur districts, he said.
The average temperature in the coastal belt hovered around 40 degree celsius while the mercury rose to 44 degree celsius in Angul, 42 degree in Jharsuguda and 41 degree in Sundergarh.
In view of alarming rise in temperatures across the state, the SRC held an emergency meeting here to take stock of the situation and work out plans for monitoring of proper implementation of measures initiated to deal with heat conditions.
Observing that the current heat conditions were expected to continue for the next four-five days, the meeting noted that the situation in coastal areas like Balasore, Paradip and Puri was a matter of concern, while the weather in western Orissa was normal for the region, Sundaray said.
The School and Mass Education department was asked to order holding of morning classes or closure of schools.