Odisha Battling Deadly Heatwave: Nine Confirmed Dead, 81 Cases Under Investigation

The Odisha government confirmed nine deaths attributed to sunstroke this summer. Investigations into 81 additional suspected heat-related fatalities are underway. The Special Relief Commissioner’s office revealed 54 of these cases surfaced from seven districts. The government is enforcing precautionary measures, demanding post-mortem examinations for ex-gratia sanctions, and conducting joint inquiries.

PTI | Bhubaneswar | Updated: 01-06-2024 21:50 IST | Created: 01-06-2024 21:50 IST
Odisha Battling Deadly Heatwave: Nine Confirmed Dead, 81 Cases Under Investigation
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The Odisha government on Saturday confirmed nine sunstroke-related deaths as the region grapples with a severe heatwave. An investigation is underway into 81 additional suspected heat-related fatalities, officials said.

According to a report from the Office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), 96 suspected sunstroke deaths have been reported this summer, with 54 cases emerging from seven districts since Friday, including Bolangir, Sambalpur, and Jharsuguda.

So far, nine sunstroke deaths have been confirmed, including three in the last 48 hours. A joint inquiry is in progress for the remaining 81 cases.

Top officials, including Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Kumar Jena and SRC Satyabrata Sahu, held a heatwave review meeting with district collectors, instructing the implementation of heatwave advisories and necessary precautions.

The collectors were tasked with ensuring post-mortem examinations for suspected sunstroke deaths to facilitate ex-gratia payments. A joint inquiry by local revenue and medical officers is required to determine the exact cause of death.

The SRC's office is monitoring the situation around the clock as the heatwave persists. On Saturday, Titlagarh recorded a temperature of 46 degrees Celsius, followed closely by Bargarh and Bolangir.

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