Bhubaneswar: People in Odisha suddenly find themselves in the grip rising temperature since the past two days.
The rise in maximum temperature which is turning into a heat wave like condition has forced the State government to sound an alert on the exigencies arising out of the developing situation.
A day after a detailed advisory was issued by the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) on Wednesday, Deputy SRC PR Mohapatra on Thursday said that special measures have been undertaken to tackle the heat wave situation in the State.
“A massive preparedness is in place for effective handling of the heat wave situation. An all out awareness drive will be launched to educate people so that they don’t expose themselves to heat and sun for longer period,” said Mohapatra.
According to Mohapatra, the State government is also taking steps to identify places which face water scarcity during the summer months. Advance planning has been made to address the water scarcity problem in the identified pockets, he said.
“We are also focusing on schools so that children can be protected. Their parents should also ensure that their wards don’t venture out without water bottles. A notification will soon be issued for conducting classes in the morning hours and other special arrangements which will be implemented in educational institutions,” said Mohapatra.
Mohapatra said sunstroke had claimed nearly 2042 lives in Odisha in 1999. However, there has been substantial improvement in the situation following extensive awareness campaigns launched by the government on how to tackle the heat wave condition, he added.
“As many as 54 persons lost their lives in 2016, 45 in 2017, 60 in 2018 and 50 persons had died due to sunstroke in 2019. Due to covid-19 lockdown, the casualties in sunstroke had come down to 12 in 2020,” Mohapatra added.