Bhubaneswar, May 20 (PTI) As Odisha sizzled in the

blistering summer heat, the sunstroke toll mounted to eight in

the state today.

The Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office said three

heat-related deaths have been reported from Angul district,

two each from Sambalpur and Bargarh and one in Balangir

district.

As the state virtually turned into a cauldron, the

mercury breached the 43 degree mark in at least five places

and the 40 degree mark in 13 places, the MeT office said.

Balangir was the hottest place recording 45.7 degrees,

followed by 45.5 degrees Celsius at Titlagarh.

The maximum temperature touched 44.7 degrees Celsius at

Angul, while it was 44.5 degrees at Bhawanipatna, 44.4 degrees

at Malkangiri, 42.6 degrees at Jharsuguda and 42.3 degrees at

Dhenkanal, it said.

Hirakud recorded 41.9 degrees Celsius while the

temperature was 41.8 degrees at Sambalpur, 41.2 degrees at

Talcher and Phulbani and 40 degrees Celsius at Chandbali.

In the capital city of Bhubaneswar, the maximum

temperature was 40.1 degrees Celsius, marginally higher than

39.6 degrees yesterday, while Cuttack city recorded 39.2

degrees Celsius.

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