India: Schools, universities shut for a week as heatwave grips West Bengal

Most places in the state have been recording 40 degrees Celsius day temperatures



A traffic police constable quenches his thirst during a hot summer day in Kolkata. — PTI
A traffic police constable quenches his thirst during a hot summer day in Kolkata. — PTI

By PTI

Published: Sun 16 Apr 2023, 2:31 PM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said all educational institutions in the state will remain closed next week in view of the “severe” heatwave conditions.

Banerjee said children have been complaining of headaches and other health issues after coming back from school in the last few days.

“All educational institutions, including schools, colleges, universities will remain closed from Monday till Saturday next week, keeping in mind the severe heatwave conditions.

“I urge the private educational institutions to do the same during this period,” Banerjee told a Bengali news channel.

The chief minister said an official notification in this regard will be issued soon.

“I will also request people to avoid coming out in the sun from 12pm to 4pm,” she said.

The West Bengal government had earlier announced preponing the summer vacation in state-run and aided schools by three weeks to May 2, except in the hill areas, due to the sweltering heat.

Most places in the state have been recording day temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius, and the MeT Department has forecast that heatwave conditions will continue till April 19.


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