Odisha sizzled under intense heat today, mainly in the western region with Balangir becoming the hottest place in the state recording 44.5 degrees Celsius. The mercury breached the 40-degree mark in at least 10 places in the state as Titlagarh, also in Balangir district, recorded a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius, the Met office here said. Two sunstroke deaths have so far been reported in the state - one from Bargarh and the other from Angul district, according to the office of the Special Relief Commissioner. Bhawanipatna recorded a maximum temperature of 43.7 degrees Celsius, followed by 42.4 degrees in Malkangiri, 42.3 degrees Celsius at Angul town, 41.4 degrees Celsius at Hirakud and 41 degrees in Jharsuguda and Talcher, it said. Sambalpur recorded 40.6 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature in Sundargarh was 40.5 degrees Celsius. The state capital recorded a more comfortable maximum temperature of 35.6 degrees Celsius.
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