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Odisha records 8 deaths in 72 hours as heat wave persists

  • Odisha records eight suspected sunstroke deaths in three days
  • Bhubaneswar reaches a high of 39 degrees Celsius
  • 159 suspected sunstroke deaths reported in Odisha this summer, with 41 confirmed

11 Jun 2024
Odisha records 8 deaths in 72 hours as heat wave persists

At least eight people have died of suspected sunstroke in Odisha over the past three days. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted continued hot weather in parts of the state this week.

The IMD declares a heat wave when the temperature in a region is 4.5 to 6.4 degrees Celsius above normal. Bhubaneswar, the capital city, recorded a maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Odisha has reported a total of 159 suspected sunstroke deaths this summer, according to the state emergency operation centre. Of these, sunstroke has been confirmed as the cause of death in 41 cases.

“Seventy-three cases of suspected sunstroke are under inquiry at the district level,” the centre stated.

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