It’s that time of the year when there is a prevalent heat wave in Odisha – especially in the coastal areas. The condition has worsened and schools have been ordered to remain shut. This is primarily happening due to the absence of sea breeze and mainly westerly wind flow through central India towards Odisha coast.
With Bhubaneswar recording 45.8 degree C and western Odisha town of Titlagarh recording 43 degree C – the question is how do we ensure safety for our friends and family members?
The Revenue and Disaster management department had issued a circular dated 04/03/2011 to tackle the heat wave situation.
Though outdated, the report has some very important precautionary measures we must take:
- Life-saving medicines/ORS and ice – cubes are available in all dispensaries and District headquarter hospitals
- Look for ‘jala chhatras’ opened by urban local bodies/bus stands and other congregation points.
- Public transport vehicles have a mandate to carry ORS packets – if you feel uneasy during a bus ride – don’t hesitate to ask for the same.
- If you see any construction labourers/workmen at site from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM – peak heatwave hours – please feel free to report to the authorities. Employers are also supposed to provide necessary drinking and re-hydration arrangement.
- Provision of drinking water in schools and colleges – if you see laxity by your college administration authorities, please report the same.
Last but not the least – though the Government is taking necessary steps, also carry ample water in bottles and keep your body’s hydration levels in check. Like they say, prevention is better than cure!
What do you think about the current heat wave situation in Odisha & how do we tackle this menace? Please let us know in the comments below.
Post Script: Bakul Foundation – a Public Library with a great collection for both Children and Youth is organizing a film festival on climate change for kids. After all, the onus is on us to educate the next generation and make them aware about the state of the planet.
Bakul invites you to screening of environment related movies 6 PM onwards every day from 17th – 22nd April. This event is open and free for all.
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