Odisha announces five-day school closure due to heatwave condition

Departments like Panchayati Raj; Drinking Water; Housing and Urban Development; and Energy were directed to prepare to meet any exigency

Updated - April 11, 2023 11:55 pm IST

Published - April 11, 2023 09:35 pm IST - BHUBANESWAR

Representational file image of mirages seen on the road due to heat wave and heavy temperature rising in Bhubaneswar city

Representational file image of mirages seen on the road due to heat wave and heavy temperature rising in Bhubaneswar city | Photo Credit: BISWARANJAN ROUT

The Odisha government has announced shutting down of all schools up to Class X in the State for five days from April 12 in the wake of sudden rise in daytime temperature.

“For the past few days the temperature has been rising and the Meteorological Department has issued a heatwave warning throughout the State. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed anganwadis and schools (both government and private) up to Class X to remain closed from April 12 to April 16,” the State government said in a statement.

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The announcement came on a day when daytime temperature soared past 40 degree Celsius at nine places. All District Collectors have been asked to stay prepared for heatwave conditions, which are likely to prevail in districts such as Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Deogarh, Angul and Boudh.

Departments such as Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water, Housing and Urban Development and Energy have been directed to start preparedness to meet any exigency.

Authorities were directed to ensure smooth supply of drinking water in urban and rural areas. Besides, energy department has been asked to ensure uninterrupted power supply.

While reviewing the various activities of the Health and Family Welfare Department, Odisha CM expressed satisfaction over the functioning of Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana Scheme which provides free healthcare facilities to nearly three and a half crore people of the State.

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