Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 11:
With over half of the Odisha districts reeling under intense heat wave conditions and the capital city recording its all-time high temperature during this time in April earlier in the day, the state government today ordered the closure of all government and private schools from tomorrow till April 20.
“All the schools in the state have been asked to suspend the classes from tomorrow till April 20. We will review the heat wave situation on April 20 and take a decision whether to continue with the closure of the schools further or not. If exams are scheduled to be held during this period, school authorities will conduct examinations during morning or evening hours so that the students are not inconvenienced,” Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra said.
The Regional Meteorological (MeT) office has predicted that the intense heat wave conditions would prevail at least till April 20 forcing the state government to take the decision to close the schools till that period.
“Temperature is being recorded at the Bhubaneswar observatory since 1952. The mercury breached the 45 level mark during April in 1985. Today, the temperature was recorded 45.8 degrees and the Regional Meteorological office Director has said that the intense heat wave condition will prevail till April 20,” Mohapatra added.
Notably, the state government last month had directed the schools to conduct morning classes from April 2 till May 1 as heat wave conditions intensified in the state. The schools were directed to conduct classes from 6.30 am to 10.30 am.
As many as 17 stations today recorded temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius and above.
These were Bhubaneswar (45.8 degrees), the state’s highest of the day, followed by Chandbali (44.4 degrees), Talcher (43.8 degrees), Jharsuguda (43.4 degrees), Sundargarh (43.5 degrees), Bolangir (43.2 degrees), Hirakud (42.9 degrees), Bhawanipatna (42.7 degrees), Baripada (42.5 degrees), Cuttack (42.5 degrees), Malkangiri (42.4 degrees), Titlagarh (42.3 degrees), Sambalpur (42.3 degrees), Angul (42.1 degrees), Keonjhar (41.5 degrees), Balasore (41 degrees) and Phulbani (40 degrees).