Magistrate allows Orissa labourers to work in cooler climes

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Bargarh (Orissa), May 11 (ANI): With the mercury rising above 45-degree mark, the labourers in Orissa's Bargarh District have been allowed to work in cooler temperatures.

"We have made arrangements for drinking water in the buses, if they ply after 10 or 11 a.m. The labourers have also been instructed to work till 11:30 am and after 3:30 pm. We are also putting this in the cinema halls through advertisements," said Bandhu Bilhor, Additional District Magistrate.

Despite rainfall in other parts of the state, high temperature has affected normal life in Bargarh and the adjoining districts.

The district administration has made arrangement for providing drinking water to the commuters.

People venturing outdoors cover their faces with scarves, use sunscreen lotions and carry umbrellas.

"This year Bargarh recorded the maximum temperature, Earlier the temperature used to be comparatively low. From 9 am to 7 in the evening, the temperature remains high due to which we are unable to go to the market," said Kanak Choudhary, a local.

At least 30 people have reportedly succumbed to heat across the country this year. (ANI)

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