Heatstroke kills 11 in Orissa

April 30th, 2008 - 3:14 pm ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, April 30 (IANS) Heatstroke has killed at least 11 people in Orissa over the past two months, an official here said Wednesday. Many parts of the state have been witnessing over 40 degrees Celsius temperature during the past fortnight and the state government is receiving information about the deaths of people from across the state, a senior official of the state revenue control room told IANS.

“We have received information about 56 deaths… at least 11 of them have been confirmed as deaths due to sunstroke,” he said.

Health officials have been instructed to keep medicine stocks, and ORS (oral re-hydration solution) powder to prevent dehydration in people coming to hospitals after sunstroke, he said.

Places where day temperature has crossed over 40 degrees Celsius include industrial towns of Jharsuguda, Talcher and Sundergarh, he said. These places have recorded temperatures above 44 degrees Celsius this summer, he said.

Similarly, high temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius have been recorded in Titlagarh. The place recorded 50.1 degrees Celsius in June 2003.

On Tuesday, Sundergarh town recorded maximum 44.4 degrees Celsius temperature, Titlagarh recorded 41.5 degrees Celsius, Bolangir 42.0 degrees Celsius, Angul 40.3 degrees Celsius, Jharsuguda 43.2 degrees Celsius, Sambalpur 40.4 degrees Celsius and Hirakud 40.1 degrees Celsius, he said.

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