With the onset of summer this year, the mercury levels have been on the rise across Bihar. Temperatures have been recorded above 40 degrees Celsius at many places in the state with capital Patna recording 41.5. In connection with the change in temperature across the state, the Meteorological Department has issued an alert against intense heat waves. After this warning, the Patna district administration has swung into action and has asked all the school administrations in the capital to revise their timings. The district administration has also issued guidelines to prevent incidents of heat stroke among children.
“The district administration prohibits academic activities for all classes (including pre-schools and Anganwadi centres) after 11.45 am in all schools in the district. School authorities are directed to reschedule their timings of academic activities in consonance with the order. The order will come into effect from April 15,” the order issued by Patna District Magistrate Chandra Shekhar Singh on Friday, reported news agency PTI.
On Thursday, April 13, the maximum temperature of 41.5 degree Celsius was recorded in Patna, the capital of Bihar. In other cities of the state, Gaya recorded 41.3 degrees Celsius, Rohtas 41.2 degrees, Jamui 40.8 degrees, Aurangabad 40.7 degrees and Khagaria 40.6 degrees.
Notably, in view of rising summer heat and warnings from meteorologists, states are gearing up to implement preventive measures and guidelines to protect people, especially children, from extreme heat waves. On Thursday, April 14, the Delhi government issued detailed guidelines for schools in Delhi to follow, after cautioning about intense heat waves hitting the national capital over the next few days.
Schools in consultation with the Directorate of Education (DoE) Delhi have been asked to ensure that no gatherings are held in the afternoon. It further states that children should be sensitized to protect themselves from the summer heat, ensure proper availability of drinking water and water breaks in schools, and seek medical attention from the nearest hospital if a student has a case of heat-related illness. Report to a hospital or health facility.
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