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Sunstroke toll mount to 12, IMD predicts rain due to depression




 Sunstroke toll climbed to 12 in Odisha today even as rains triggered by a depression over the Bay of Bengal and a nor'wester in some areas brought respite from scorching heat.

The death toll due to sunstroke, which stood at 11, mounted to 12 so far this summer with one more casualty reported from Bargarh district, the office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) said in a statement.

With this, four heat-related deaths have been reported from Sambalpur, while three deaths each took place in Angul and Bargarh districts and one each in Bolangir and Bhadrak, the statement said.
With the temperature sliding in many areas following rains, the mercury breached the 40 degrees Celsius mark in only four places in the state, all in the western region.
Angul was the hottest place in the state, recording 42.1 degrees Celsius, the MeT office here said.
Hirakud town recorded a maximum temperature of 40.8 degrees Celsius, while the mercury stood at 40.2 degree Celsius in Sambalpur and 40 degrees Celsius in Bhawanipatna, it said.
The drop in temperature was experienced after rains and thundershowers occurred in some areas, under the impact of a depression, while a nor'wester appeared to have acted as a coolant in some parts of the state.
The state capital, Bhubaneswar, registered a maximum of 39.6 degrees Celsius while Cuttack recorded 37.4 degree Celsius, it said.
The MeT forecasts rains and thundershower at a few places in the next 24 hour, it added.
The IMD predicted rain and thundershower in some parts of the State in the next 24 hours under the impact of a depression concentrated today over the Bay of Bengal.
The low pressure area marked yesterday over the east central, adjoining west central and south east Bay of Bengal concentrated into a depression, the Met office here said.
The system, which lay centred about 700 km near south-south east of Paradip, is likely to move and cross Bangladesh coast around May 30 noon.
It is likely to intensify into a deep depression during the next 12 hours and a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours, it said.
Under its influence, rain and thundershower may lash some areas of Odisha in the next 24 hours. It issued advice for hoisting Distant Cautionary Signal No. one (DC-I) at Paradip and Gopalpur ports in the State.





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