Odisha Government Declares Summer Vacations Due to Heatwave
Odisha Government Declares Summer Vacations Due to Heatwave

Bhuvneshwar: The Odisha government announced summer vacations for all schools in the state starting from April 25 due to the prevailing heatwave conditions. Additionally, schools will operate from 6:30 am to 10:30 am for three days from April 22 to 24.

The decision follows a severe heatwave that hit several parts of Odisha on Saturday, with temperatures exceeding 43 degrees Celsius in ten places, according to the India Meteorological Department. Boudh in western Odisha and Baripada in the northern region recorded the highest temperatures at 45.2 degrees Celsius.

The weather department has issued an 'orange' warning for severe heatwave conditions in isolated pockets of Odisha on April 21 and 22. Heatwave to severe heatwave conditions are expected in one or two places in the districts of Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Angul, Boudh, Cuttack, and Keonjhar on Sunday.

Earlier, Odisha reported the season's first sunstroke death. Laxmikanta Sahu (62), a resident of Maheshpur in Balasore district, died due to sunstroke on April 15, according to officials from the Special Relief Commissioner's office. This was reported as the first sunstroke death of the summer season.

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