Patna: As of late Monday evening, nearly 210 people have died in Bihar due to extreme heat wave that has gripped the state forcing the administration to close all the schools and limiting office hours to 10:00 am after which, officials maintain, is not safe to be out in the sun.
Authorities have issued a red alert in all but six districts in Bihar declaring all schools and colleges closed till June 22. This could further be extended if there is no sign of let up in the temperature, they said.
On Monday, Patna registered a high mark of 41.6 degree Celsius while in Gaya, it was 42.2 degree Celsius.
Deaths directly related with the ongoing heat wave were reported from Patna, Rohtas, Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada, Samastipur, Muzaffarpur and many other districts where casualties were reported in excess of 30 men, women, and children who had died in the last 24-hour alone.
Officials took the unusual step of imposing curfew under Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code in Gaya and Muzaffarpur districts prohibiting people to group organize in open sun or carry out construction work between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.
Section 144 is normally promulgated only in condition where major violence is anticipated. To use this power to prevent further deaths from taking place due to extreme hot condition is highly unusual but safe, said a senior official in Patna.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed his grief over the deaths due to heat stroke in and announced a payment of Rs. 4 lakh to the next of the kin of the victims.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS