Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view the intense heat-wave conditions across Odisha, the State government has 'pre-poned' summer vacation in schools to April 18.

In a letter to the Principal Secretary of the School & Mass Education Department, the Revenue and Disaster Management Department wrote,"In view of the prevailing heat conditions in the State, it has been decided by the government to pre-pone and start the summer vacations from April 18, 2019."

The announcement comes at a time when most of the districts across Odisha are reeling under intense heat. Today, Bhubaneswar recorded the highest temperature of 43.7 degrees Celsius while eight cities across Odisha recorded temperature over 40 degrees Celsius. Normal life has been affected especially in districts of Bolangir, Angul and Boudh.

“This weather is just unbearable especially during daytime. Temperature is high during the night as well,” a Titlagarh resident, Prakash Goyal said.

Meanwhile, the Regional Meteorological Centre in Bhubaneswar has predicted lightning and rainfall in some parts of Odisha tomorrow which is expected to bring some relief.

"Temperature will gradually decrease from tomorrow. There is a likelihood of thunderstorms in South and North Odisha," Director of Regional Meteorological Department, HR Biswas said.