The advisory was issued on Monday night in the wake of fire incident that claimed the lives of over 36 people and gutted 2,500 houses.

“The advisory has been issued for those living in rural areas not to cook food, offer puja or even burn wheat crop leftovers on agricultural fields after 9 am and before 6 pm because the intense heat wave blowing during this period stokes fire,” an official of the State Disaster Management Department told reporters.

Officials said that fire incidents have been on the rise due to a heat wave with temperatures as high as 42 degrees Celsius over the last few days.

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