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DU turns to online classes as heatwave lingers

Dhaka University (DU) has decided to hold all classes online out of concern for the well-being of the students amid the ongoing heatwave.

According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, a very severe heatwave is sweeping over Pabna, Jashore and Chuadanga districts today (April 21). File photo

 

“DU is shifting from the current 10 percent online class system to 100 percent online classes,” the university announced in a press release on Sunday (April 21).

  • Wear white or light-coloured loose cotton clothing;
  • Stay in shady areas as much as possible;
  • Use hats, caps, or umbrellas outside home;
  • Drink plenty of clean water and saline fluids;
  • Avoid consuming hot beverages like tea and coffee.

Meanwhile, the Met Office has issued a three-day heat alert from April 19. Yesterday (April 20), the temperature rose to 40.4C in the capital.

According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, a very severe heatwave is sweeping over Pabna, Jashore and Chuadanga districts today (April 21). On the other hand, a severe heatwave is sweeping over Dhaka and the rest of the Khulna divisions and the district of Rajshahi, said BMD.

The heatwave has prompted the authorities concerned to shut schools for a week, while Bangladesh Inter-Education Board Coordinating Committee extended the deadline for filling out this year’s HSC and equivalent examination forms.

The temperature has soared past 42C in parts of the country as at least three heat-related deaths were reported.

Health Minister Dr Samanta Lal Sen has directed hospitals across Bangladesh to prepare to handle the situation.

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