Odisha Gears Up To Counter Heat Wave

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Bhubaneswar: The state government has initiated measures reviewing the preparedness of government machinery to face with the possible heat wave condition across 30 districts.

Mercury graph has shot up in the state hovering around 30 degree to 40 degree Celsius with people mostly from western district feeling the pinch of sultry heat.

In a review meeting held yesterday, state government directed the districts to remain vigilant. The district collectors were asked to pursue implementation of various measures to alleviate sufferings of the people like supply of safe drinking water, reschedule timing of educational institutions, work hour for labourers, and arrangements in treating heat-stress patients in government hospitals.

The government has directed all schools to conduct morning classes from April two as preventive measure against possible heat wave during summer this year, an official said.

The School and Mass Education Department has directed in a letter yesterday to all schools including public schools and privately managed schools to reschedule timing of all classes between 6.30 am to 10.30 am from April 2.

The letter said that mid day meals (MDM) would be served at 10.00 am and in no case the school would remain open beyond 11.00 am.

It also asked the school authorities to complete assessment exercise/examination by March 31. As the state is expecting intense heat wave this time as per prediction made by the IMD, the letter asked the authorities to ensure adequate safe drinking water and first aid in schools.

The school authorities were also instructed to advise the students to come to the school with umbrella and water bottle during the summer season. The new academic session 2018-19 will begin from April three and April two will be observed as Pravesh Utsav.

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