The death toll from stifling heat in eastern India has risen to 31, officials said Monday.
State authorities have investigated 113 deaths since mid-March, said Snehalata Bhuyan, deputy secretary of Orissa state\'s disaster management department.
Thirty-one of the 113 have been confirmed as sun stroke deaths, she said.
The heat wave and soaring temperature since late April are believed to have claimed 78 lives in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, but government is yet to confirm the figure, local hospital sources said on Saturday.
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