Heatwave Fear: Govt on High Alert to Ensure Zero Casualty

Bhubaneswar: Schools up to Class X in Odisha have been shut for five days from April 12 in the wake of sudden rise in daytime temperature. The Met department has issued a heatwave warning for the state and Tuesday saw nine places recorded 40 degree Celsius and above.

On his arrival from Japan last evening, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik instructed panchayat raj and drinking water, housing and urban development and energy departments to remain fully prepared. He stressed smooth supply of drinking water both in urban and rural areas with a special focus on water scarcity pockets.

Naveen also directed the energy department to ensure continuous power supply. Meanwhile Special Relief Commissioner Satyabrata Sahu has written to collectors, asking them to ensure no human casualty.  Control rooms at district level will function round-the-clock during the period of heatwave. 

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