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Severe Heatwave in Bihar Causes 50 Students to Faint at Sheikhpura School


Dozens of students collapsed this morning (May 29) at Mankaul Middle School in Bihar’s Sheikhpura district amid scorching temperatures reaching between 40 and 45 degrees Celsius. Initially, six students lost consciousness, triggering a chain reaction of collapses after an assembly for prayers followed by class sessions. The incident sparked pandemonium in both the school and the surrounding village.


Struggling to cope, school authorities rushed to aid the unconscious students with water and electrolytes before swiftly mobilizing them to the district’s Sadar hospital via various modes of transportation, including bikes, tempos, and e-rickshaws, as the ambulance failed to arrive promptly. Headmaster Suresh Prasad promptly notified the public health department but faced community outrage over the delayed ambulance response, prompting road blockades and protests against the administration.

Detailing the ordeal, Headmaster Prasad explained, “Faintings began among 8th-grade students post-assembly. Despite our efforts and calls for an ambulance, we resorted to private vehicles for hospital transport.”

Dr. Satyendra Kumar from Sadar Hospital attributed the incident to severe dehydration amid the ongoing heatwave, emphasizing the importance of students having breakfast and water bottles to stay hydrated.

Similar incidents unfolded in Begusarai district, where six students at Matihani Middle School succumbed to the heat, necessitating treatment at Matihani PHC hospital. The scorching temperatures, peaking at 45 degrees Celsius, exacerbated the situation.

Criticism mounted against the Bihar government, particularly KK Pathak, Additional Chief Secretary of the Education Department, for maintaining school operations amidst such extreme weather. Teachers condemned the decision to commence classes at 6 am, labeling it as distressing for both students and educators.

With the India Meteorological Department warning of continued heatwave-like conditions, the situation underscores the urgent need for comprehensive measures to safeguard students’ well-being amid rising temperatures.

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