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Odisha reports 45 more heatstroke deaths in 24 hours, pushes up India toll to 211 | India News



BHUBANESWAR: The countrywide toll of suspected heatstroke deaths crossed the 200-mark with Odisha reporting 45 fresh deaths even as IMD said on Sunday that the intensity of heatwave conditions over northwest, central and eastern India was likely to decrease over the next three days. With 45 deaths in Odisha and one constable on poll duty succumbing to suspected heatstroke in Bihar’s Aurangabad district in the last 24 hours, the nationwide toll stood at 211 on Sunday.Of these, Odisha alone accounts for 141 deaths.
Odisha govt said that of the 45 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, post-mortem examinations confirmed 26 to be due to heatstroke. While the govt attributed eight other deaths to causes other than sunstroke, investigation is on to ascertain if the remaining 107 casualties are due to heatwave. A large number of suspected heatwave deaths reported in Odisha are from the western part of the state. Sundargarh district is among the worst hit, accounting for 35 suspected heatstroke deaths in three days. Autopsy confirmed that six of them died due to sunstroke, Ashutosh Kulkarni, additional district magistrate of Sundargarh, said. Balangir district reported 20 suspected sunstroke deaths, four of which were confirmed due to heat related illness. Investigation is on in the remaining 16 cases.
Sambalpur reported 18 suspected cases. “While post-mortem examination was done on seven suspected sunstroke deaths, five were confirmed due to sunstroke. Reports of eleven other cases are awaited,” said Sambalpur collector Akshay Sunil Agrawal.
In Bihar, a constable identified as Ram Bhajan Singh fainted in a bus carrying EVMs in Aurangabad’s Daudnagar on Saturday. He was rushed to Patna’s AIIMS where he died on Sunday.
According to IMD forecast, heatwave conditions are likely to continue in five western districts of Bargarh, Balangir, Nuapada, Sonepur and Kalahandi till Wednesday. Hot and humid conditions will continue in coastal districts till the onset of southwest monsoon in the state, IMD sources said.





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