What happened: Across Pakistan, mega heat waves have become the norm every summer. A surge in temperature on Wednesday led to the hospitalisation of 25 students in a local school in Islamabad. They were rushed to the hospital after they fainted. Moreover, reports emerged that the children also suffered from severe nose bleeds, after which teachers poured water over their heads.
The response: After the startling incident, more than 200 students were allowed to go home following a shortage of power in the school. However, owing to the terrible effects of the heatwave, the federal government has made changes in school timings. Schools in the capital are allowed to operate at 50% capacity. The message issued stated institutes working on a single shift could remain open from 7 am to 11 am from Monday to Thursday, and schools operating two shifts will have classes on Friday and Saturday from 7 am till 11 am.
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