The searing heat wave continued to sweep most parts of Odisha despite a thunder squall that wreaked havoc in Bolangir and Rayagada districts. Violent thunderstorm blew off the roofs of houses, rendered hundreds homeless in both the districts yesterday.
The thundersquall uprooted trees, pulling down electricity and mobile towers in both the districts. Five persons were killed and many injured due to wall collapse and lightning yesterday.
Meanwhile, intense heat wave conditions continued in several parts of the State with 14 places recorded day temperature above 40 degree Celsius. Western Odisha towns continue to bear the brunt with Titlagarh recording highest temperature of 44.5 degree Celsius followed by Bolangir 44 degree Celsius.
State Special Relief Commissioner office said that it has received complaints of 35 deaths due to sunstroke, so far. However, it has confirmed only deaths due to sunstroke.
Local Met office has issued heat wave warnings at places in interior and western Odisha.