Friday, May 15, 2009

Mercury rises; Orissa toll up to 130

Most parts of northern India on Thursday experienced high temperature with Churu and Kota in Rajasthan recording 46.5°C each as death toll in Orissa rose to 130 with two more people succumbing to blistering heat wave.

Casualties due to suspected sun-stroke were reported from Jagatsinghpur and Keonghar in Orissa where Titlagarh sizzled at 44°C though some places in the state were lashed by rains.

Normal life and public transport were badly affected in Rajasthan as scorching heat continued to sweep the State with mercury soaring at almost all places.

Churu and Kota remained the hottest with 46.5°C each followed by Bikaner which recorded a maximum of 46.4°C.

Heat wave conditions intensified in some parts of Punjab and Haryana with Hisar touching 44.4°C, which was hottest place in the region.

Chandigarh recorded a two degrees below normal temperature at 35.8°C while Amritsar in Punjab experienced a hot day at 40.2°C.

Mercury rose marginally in Himachal Pradesh in the absence of rain and snowfall. Occasional cool breeze, however, kept weather in capital Shimla relatively pleasant that registered 17°C.

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