The Gaya district administration on Monday imposed Section 144 in the district in view of the heat wave conditions that has claimed the lives of as many as 45 people across Bihar. Section 144 prohibits unlawful assembly.
As per reports, the DM also banned governmental and non-governmental construction works, MGNREGA labour work, and any cultural programme or gathering in open spaces between 11 am to 4 pm.
The Bihar Education Council ordered all government and government-aided schools in Bihar to remain closed till 22 June in view of prevailing heat wave conditions.
At least 12 people died in Gaya due to heat wave. Over 100 have been hospitalised across Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad and some other parts of the state reeling under the heat wave.
According to IMD, Gaya will witness a surge in temperatures and heat wave conditions on 19 and 20 June. The maximum temperature is predicted to hit 43 degrees Celsius on both days.
IMD predicted heat wave conditions to last in Patna till 18 June. Maximum temperature in the capital city was recorded at 42 degrees Celsius on Monday.
Patna had recently recorded its highest temperature in the past 10 years. All government and private schools in Patna will remain closed till 19 June, as per a directive of the district administration.
“Five people have died due to heat stroke; 58 patients are undergoing treatment at the hospital after heatstroke,” ANI quoted Gyan Bhushan, Superintendent Pawapuri Medical College, Nalanda, as saying on Monday.
An ex-gratia Rs 4 lakh each was announced for the deceased by the state government.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan had on Sunday advised people to avoid moving out of house till temperatures come down.
“It’s very unfortunate that people have died due to heat stroke. I advise people to avoid moving out of house till temperature reduces. Intense heat affects brain and leads to various health issues,” the Health Minister said.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reportedly expressed grief over the deaths and also directed the district magistrates to take all necessary steps needed to prevent any further deaths in the state.