Schools are closed in other Southeast Asian countries due to HeatWave

Arafat Rahman

From the middle of April this heat wave is flowing in different parts of Asia.

From the middle of April this heat wave is flowing in different parts of Asia. The High Court of Bangladesh ordered the closure of schools and madrassas for the next 3 days due to extreme heat and fire.

According to Reuters news agency, apart from Bangladesh, at least 5 countries in Southeast Asia have been forced to close educational institutions due to unbearable heat. These countries are – Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

The Philippine Ministry of Education on Sunday ordered the closure of all educational institutions across the country for the next two days. Officials of the Meteorological Department of one of the world’s largest island states said that the mercury is currently around 37 degrees Celsius in almost all areas of the Philippines; But due to the dry weather and lack of rain in April, the temperature felt around 45 degrees Celsius in various islands including the capital Manila.

Benjo Bassas, chairperson of the country’s schoolteachers’ organization Teachers’ Dignity Coalition, said in an interview to local radio station DWPM Radio, “Most schools in the Philippines do not have AC in the classrooms, and the number of students is high.” For the past few days we have been getting reports that various physical problems including fatigue are occurring among teachers and students due to extreme heat. We are also hearing cases of teachers or students fainting in class due to the heat and noise.’

“Therefore, we feel that this decision of the government is necessary and timely and I welcome this decision on behalf of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition.”

In schools, electric fans cannot always be turned on during classes. The country’s power generation authority said in a statement on Saturday that the shortfall started due to a huge increase in demand for electricity due to heat. Authorities also said that at least 13 power generation plants have already been damaged while handling the excess pressure.

Thailand has advised people not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary on Sunday due to a severe heat wave. For more than a week, the temperature in the central and northern parts of the country, including the capital Bangkok, has not dropped below 40 degrees. On April 22, the temperature in the northern city of Lampang rose to 44 degrees Celsius.

Due to widespread heat waves, the risk of heatstroke is also increasing in Thailand. In the last one month, 30 people have died due to heatstroke in the country.

People are flocking to air-conditioned shopping malls to escape the heat wave and unbearable heat of another country in Southeast Asia, Vietnam. The temperature in almost all areas of the country, including the capital Ho Chi Minh City, is fluctuating from 40 degrees to 44 degrees Celsius.

On Sunday, the country’s government issued a heat warning across the country and requested not to keep the AC on all the time. In this regard, it has been said that if the AC is on all the time, there will be severe pressure on the electricity supply system of the country.

The temperature has been fluctuating between 35 degrees and 40 degrees Celsius for several consecutive days in at least 16 areas of Malaysia. At least 45 people have suffered from heatstroke in the country since last March due to heat.

People are panting in the 37 degree heat in Singapore, a neighboring city of Malaysia. The country has not yet closed schools due to the heat, but for the relief of teachers and students, the Ministry of Health of Singapore has announced a relaxation of the rule of wearing uniforms. The notification asks to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes to school.

Meanwhile, due to the heat, dengue fever has increased in Indonesia, another country in Southeast Asia. According to the Ministry of Health, more than 35,000 people were infected with dengue in Indonesia from March to April. At this time last year, the number of dengue patients in the country was 15 thousand.

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