Heat wave sweeps Western Orissa

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Sambalpur, Apr 20 (UNI) Several parts of Western Orissa are reeling under an intense heat wave condition for the past couple of days with mercury hovering over 42 to 44 degrees Celsius.

The condition in mining belts of Brajrajnagar, Gopalpur and Belpahar was more precarious with the day temperature remaining more than 43 degrees.

Report reaching here today said Belpahar under Jharsuguda district had already reached 44 degrees, while Rourkela in Sundargarh district was just below with 43 degrees.

In the Titlagarh town, considered the hotbed of the state, the temperature had already crossed 44 degrees.

At many places people had already started facing drinking water problem. People in Munderkhet village under Sundargarh district had to travel a distance of 1.5 km to fetch drinking water.

Met sources said the heat wave condition is likely to prevail for another 48 hours in the state.

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