**Bhubaneswar: ** As Odisha is reeling under acute heat wave condition despite the onset of inactive south-west monsoon, sunstroke has claimed 42 lives in the State since April till date while in the last 8 days, 6 deaths have been officially registered from across the State.
This was revealed by Odisha Deputy Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P.R. Mohapatra at the State Secretariat here on Wednesday.
The Deputy SRC informed media, “Earlier, 35 deaths due to sunstroke was reported. Hence, Collectors were asked for inquiry. Out of it, 7 sunstroke deaths have been confirmed. Rest still being enquired into. As PM (post mortem) report is compulsory to ascertain the sunstroke deaths, there is a delay in the confirmed reports of total sunstroke death toll.”
“Meanwhile, 7 fresh sunstroke death reports have been received due to the prevailing heat wave condition for the last seven days. Hence, including these fresh figure, total death toll report is 42 out of which 7 has been confirmed.
Notably, the much-awaited south-west monsoon has already kissed Odisha recently but has unfortunately vanished following which there is no respite from the sizzling summer and soaring heat wave condition every passing day.
Yesterday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while reviewing the State Level Committee of Natural Calamities announced that school summer vacation, that had been earlier extended to June 21, has been re-extended till June 25 due to the current heat wave condition.
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