Above 42 degrees Celsius

Extreme heat closes schools for 33 million children in Bangladesh

Extreme weather in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

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The very hot weather has caused 33 million children in Bangladesh to be unable to attend school, as temperatures in some parts of the country soared to over 42 degrees Celsius.

Schools and colleges will be closed at least till April 27. This is the second year in a row that the authorities have made such a decision, due to extreme weather, reports the BBC.

The decision comes after schools were closed in the Philippines and India as a sweltering heat wave spread across the Asian continent.

"Children in Bangladesh are among the poorest in the world, and the closure of schools due to extreme heat should be a wake-up call to all of us," said Shumon Sengupta, director of Save the Children in Bangladesh. . 

Lower Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of the climate crisis.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a 30 to 45 cm rise in sea level could displace more than 35 million people from coastal districts, which is about a quarter of the country's total population.

On Wednesday, thousands of the country's Muslims flooded mosques and rural fields to pray for rain. 

Bangladesh weather authorities expect the extreme heat to continue for at least another week.