Ranchi, Apr 12: With the summer temperatures rising higher than ever before, the district administration authorities here have directed the schools to start early and send the children home early.
Starting from Monday, Apr 12, the schools in Jharkhand will open at 6 am instead of 8:30 am and close at 11 am instead of 2:30 pm.
On Sunday, Apr 11, Ranchi recorded a temperature of 40.6 degrees Celsius, which is much higher than the average 34 degrees recorded in summer 2009.
In other parts of Jharkhand such as Palamau, the mercury soared to touch temperatures as high as 46 degrees Celsius.
An environmentalist, Nitish Priyadharshi told a news agency that the climate of Ranchi has changed drastically over the past few years as trees have been chopped off and pollution levels have heightened.
India, as a whole, is reeling under severe heats in summer 2010 with new highest temperatures being recorded from across the states.