Two students in Palamau, Jharkhand and at least 50 students at Mankaul Middle School in the Ariari block of Sheikhpura district of Bihar have suffered from soaring heat waves.

Reports said, that due to extreme heatwave conditions, the temperature is soaring between 45 degrees in Palamau and 40 and 45 degrees Celsius in the Sheikhpura district of Bihar.

Initially, one student in Palamau fell under a tree while six students in Sheikhpura reportedly lost consciousness, but subsequently, many more students started collapsing, according to reports.

The incident began after the students attended an assembly for prayers and then proceeded to class. The whole matter created chaos in the school and the village. 

The unconscious students were provided with water and electrolytes and were immediately rushed to the district's Sadar hospital on bikes, tempos and e-rickshaws after the ambulance didn't arrive. 

School Headmaster Suresh Prasad promptly informed the public health department about the incident and requested an ambulance. However, the delayed arrival of the ambulance outraged the villagers, who then blocked the road and protested against the administration. 

Reports of children fainting due to the heatwave have also emerged from other schools and districts. In Begusarai district, six students at Matihani Middle School also fainted due to the heat after which they were taken to Matihani PHC hospital for treatment.

The matter pertains to Matihani Middle School of Matihani police station area in the Begusarai district of Bihar. The temperature in the district has soared to 45 degrees Celsius, intensifying the heatwave conditions. 

The administration and teachers of Matihani Middle School criticised the Bihar government for keeping schools open during such severe heat. They specifically blamed KK Pathak, Additional Chief Secretary of the Education Department, for the decision to operate schools at 6 am despite the heatwave.

Teachers expressed their frustration, stating, "This order has caused distress for both students and teachers. The government's 'Tughlaqi farmaan' to keep schools open in such weather is unacceptable, and KK Pathak has ignored the issue.

According to the data of the India Meteorological Department, on Tuesday, the maximum temperature in the state ranged between 40 and 44 degrees Celsius. The Met Department has also issued a warning for heatwave-like conditions in the state.


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