New Delhi, Apr 28:  Intense heatwave continued to sweep most parts of the country today barring some states in the north with Telangana and Odisha together reporting 16 fresh sunstroke deaths. Dry weather prevailed in Gangetic West Bengal, Kerala, Odisha, Vidharbha region in Maharashtra, Bihar, Jaharkhand, Uttara Pradesh. Mercury in the national capital soared to 40.2 degrees Celsius. The minimum in the city was 22.2 degrees. Talcher and Sonepur in Odisha recorded the maximum in the country at 45.4 degrees Celsius. Bhubaneswar braved the searing sun at 45.3 degrees Celsius. The sunstroke toll in the state has mounted to 9 and the number of unconfirmed cases has shot to 119, State Relief Commissioner P K Mohapatra said. Telangana has reported 15 fresh heat-related deaths since yesterday. The sunstroke toll in the state is now 137. Medak district has reported maximum 34, an official of the state’s disaster management department said. A senior official of IMD said there is marginal reduction of maximum temperatures in most parts of the state and it is likely to continue tomorrow also. Also Read: Banda sizzles at 44.8 deg C as heat wave continues in Uttar Pradesh Also Read - Coronavirus Travel Guidelines: This State Mandates Week-Long Home Isolation For People Coming From Maharashtra, Kerala, MP, Punjab and Chhattisgarh | Key Points

Kerala continued to sizzle with the temperature touching 41.7 degrees Celsius at Malampuzha in Palakkad district, the highest in the state for the third cosecutive day. Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram recorded respective maximums at 39.2 deg C and 34.4 deg C. Meanwhile, the Kerala government announced it would give Rs four lakh assistance to families of those who died due to the extreme weather conditions. It has also decided to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the state “drought hit”. Temperature in most parts of Gangetic West Bengal remained above 40 deg C, with Bankura recording the day’s highest at 44.5 degrees. Mercury touched 42.1 degrees, 41.3 degrees, 39 degrees at Asansol, Sriniketan and Burdwan, respectively. Kolkata recorded the day’s highest at 37.1 deg C. Also Read - Over 25 Students of a Technical University in Odisha Test COVID Positive, Quarantined

The districts of Birbhum, Purulia and West Midnapore also sizzled under heatwave condition with the MeT department forecasting similar weather condition in the coming two days at least. In neighbouring Bihar, Gaya was the hottest at 44.1 deg C mark, followed by Bhagalpur 42.4 deg C and Purnia at 39.8 deg C. Medninagar recorded the day’s maximum in Jharkhand at 44 deg C. Mercury elsewhere too hovered around 40 degrees mark with Rachi, Jamshedpur and Garhwa recording maximums at 43, 42.7 and 42 deg C, respectively. In the north, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana also reeled under heat wave conditions. Banda in Uttar Pradesh was the hottest in the three states at 44.8 degrees Celsius. Hisar was the hottest in Punjab and Haryana at 41.5 deg C. Also Read - COVID-19: Centre, States Discuss Fresh Spurt in Cases; Nationwide Lockdown on Cards Again?