Classrooms shut by floods
TENS of thousands of students are not able to attend classes as flooding has caused 2171 schools to shut across six regions and states, according to a report from the Basic Education Department.
The flooding has impacted 281 schools in Sagaing Region, 286 schools in Mandalay Region, 392 schools in Magwe Region, 387 schools in Bago Region, 759 schools in Ayeyarwady Region and 75 schools in Yangon Region.
There is flooding throughout Mon State but it has yet to result in school closures.
“Bilin township from Mon State is slightly impacted,” a spokesperson the Basic Education Department said. “The condition is such that there is no need to close the school there but I am not sure if it will be open [August 9].”
More than 350,000 people from Sagaing Region, Mandalay Region, Magwe Region, Bago Region, Ayeyarwady Region, Yangon Region, Kachin State, and Mon State have been impacted by the flooding, according to a report from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement on August 7.
The education officials said the teachers intend to make up lessons after the water recedes, but cannot predict when that will happen yet. Heavy rain and widespread flooding last year closed about 3000 schools.