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World News April 30, 2024

Bangladesh again closes schools nationwide due to heat wave

A Bangladeshi court ordered a nationwide shutdown of schools due to an ongoing heatwave, overturning the government’s decision to reopen schools despite soaring temperatures. The court’s decision came after concerns were raised about the health risks posed by the extreme heat, which has seen temperatures in Dhaka rise significantly above average. At least seven deaths have been reported due to the heatwave since the start of April, with temperatures expected to remain high for several days. The court’s order directs the closure of all primary and secondary schools until the coming Sunday, affecting approximately 32 million students. Meteorologists attribute the intense heatwave to climate change and human activities such as rapid urbanization and deforestation. Medical authorities have reported cases of students and teachers falling ill due to the extreme heat.

Source – CGTN

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