Heatwave: Delhi-ncr schools revise timetables and restrict outdoor activities

Concerned about the health of children due to the intense heat wave across the country, schools in NCR Delhi are not only limiting hours, outdoor activities and stockpiling of ORS and glucose sachets, but also motivate children to stay hydrated.

Earlier, parents here urged the Delhi government to either revise school timetables or bring forward the summer holidays. Although several schools announced a reduction in outdoor activities, parents said that school hours did not allow students to go outside in the extreme heat.

The Haryana government had announced last Monday that due to the intense heat wave that has been sweeping across the state, the timings of all schools – public and private – will be from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. for grades 1 at 12 from May 4. However, no such measure was announced in Delhi.

A scorching heat wave had sent the mercury soaring across large swaths of India, with the temperature in the nation’s capital hitting 46 degrees Celsius. Delhi also recorded its second hottest April in 72 years with an average monthly maximum temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had earlier this week said that a new heat wave is expected to start in northwest India from May 7 and in central India from May 8.

The Center also last week urged states and union territories to review the preparedness of their health facilities for the availability of adequate quantities of medicines and equipment while ensuring sufficient drinking water and the continuous operation of cooling devices in critical areas.

The Center also advised people to avoid exposure to the sun, especially between noon and 3 p.m., to avoid strenuous activities outdoors in the afternoon, and to avoid alcohol, tea , coffee or beverages containing a large amount of sugar, stating these can cause loss of more body fluid or cause stomach cramps.

The Center also advised people to avoid high-protein foods and expired foods and not to leave children or pets in parked vehicles.

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