Bihar Government has directed all government and government-related schools in Bihar state to remain closed till June 22, 2019, in wake of heave wave prevailing in the state. More than 20 children have already lost their lives to the heatwave this year. The government had earlier asked the schools to remain closed till June 19, however, given current heat wave conditions it has decided to extend the vacations for a few days and has directed the schools to remain closed till June 22.
The government has issued a notice to all the district magistrates ordering all primary, secondary and senior secondary schools to remain closed till June 22. Also, the classes for higher standards are to be held in morning till June 30 and no classes will be conducted in afternoon as of now.
The heat wave has in total has taken 61 lives in the districts of Bihar so far. 30 people have lost their lives in Aurangabad, 20 in Gay and 11 in Nawada district since Saturday as told by Disaster Management Department's Principal Secretary Pratyaya Amrit to the media.
The city recorded a maximum temperature of 45.8 Degree Celsius, the highest so far for the month of June in the last 10 years. The heat wave is declared when the maximum temperature recorded in an area is above 4.5 degree Celsius as compared to the normal maximum temperature of the region for two consecutive days. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too expressed grief over the deaths due to the heat wave in the different districts of the state.
An official told the media that the Cheif Minister had announced a payment of Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia to the next of the kin of those killed. CM also directed the concerned officials to take necessary steps and measures in dealing with the heat wave. Furthermore, he has asked the officials to provide all medical help to those affected.