School holidays extended till Apr 26 after heat wave warning

Bhubaneswar: After local Meteorological department warned that severe heat wave conditions would continue across the State for next few days, the Odisha government on Tuesday extended school holidays till April 26.

A notification in this regard was issued by School and Mass Education department today.

Earlier, in view of the unprecedented heat wave, the department had ordered closure of all schools till April 20.

“There is a marginal drop in temperature in coastal districts of Odisha due to the wind flow from south-east direction as well as the wind speed which is around 45 kmph. Though there will be a slight dip in temperature in interior Odisha, the model indicator suggests the temperature will gradually rise in next 48 hours in interior and coastal Odisha with severe heat wave condition in the next three days from April 21,” Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre director Sarat Chandra Sahu said.

He further said there is a possibility of light rainfall in some parts of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Kandhamal, Rayagada and Koraput districts by this evening under the influence of a cyclonic circulation formed at a height of 900 metres over Jharkhand and its adjoining areas.

“If this system intensifies, there is possibility of rainfall in Balasore, Bhadrak, Khurda and Cuttack districts in coastal Odisha. But there would be light rainfall as there is not enough moisture in the upper atmosphere,” Sahu pointed out.

The rising heat has led to increasing number deaths due to sunstroke. Special relief commissioner PK Mohapatra said he has received 45 reports of deaths allegedly due to sunstroke till date.