Bhubaneswar, May 19 (PTI) Odisha remained in the grip

of intense summer heat today despite the slight drop in

temperature which brought respite in some areas.

Malkangiri turned out to be the hottest place in the

state at 45.4 degree celsius, the met office here said adding

the mercury breached the 44 degree celsius mark at four

places, while it crossed the 40 degree mark in nine places

compared to 13 yesterday.

Titlagarh, which was the hottest place in the state at

46.5 degrees yesterday, was a close second with the

temperature decreasing to 44.5 degree celsius. Balangir

recorded 44.3 degree celsius and Bhawanipatna 44.2 degrees, it

said.

Sonepur recorded a maximum temperature of 42.8 degree

celsius, while the temperature was 42.7 degeree celsius at

Angul, 41 degree celsius at Phulbani, 40.9 degrees at

Jharsuguda and 40.7 degree celsius at Dhenkanal, it said.

Bhubaneswar recorded a maximum temperature of 39.6

degree celsius and its neighbour Cuttack city 39.4 degree.

At least six people have died due to sunstroke in the

state this summer. While three heat related deaths have been

reported from Angul district, two casualties took place in

Bargarh and one in Balangir district, the special relief

commissioner’s (SRC) office said.

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