August 19, 2016

Flooding closes schools across Ayeyarwady

A total of 42 schools from within four townships of Ayeyawady Region have been forced to close because of continual flooding in the region, according to the region’s Department of Education.
The majority of schools were forced to close in Danubyu, Kyangin, Zalun and Myan Aung Townships are primary schools, numbering 28, followed by 12 middle-schools and 2 high-schools.
“Consistent downpours have flooded schools, forcing us to close them. I can’t yet say when they’ll be re-opened. But, it’s likely only once flood waters have resided.  The continual flooding of townships within the region is exacerbating the numbers of closed schools on a daily basis,” said U Win Maung, head of the aforementioned department.
Of the schools forced to close according to township: six middle schools and 16 primary schools within Myan Aung Township; two high schools, five middle-schools and seven primary schools in Zalun Township; one middle-school and two primary schools in Kyangin Township; and two primary schools in Danubyu Township. “More than just closing schools only after they’ve been flooded, schools should be closed in advance [of flooding] if children are faced with difficulty in attending.
Our area has seen has a rise in water levels forcing children to travel to school by boat which possess many dangers to them; just last year, three children drowned when their boat sank after their were caught in a storm on their way home from school,” said Ko Nay Lin, a resident of Kwinthonehsin village in Yegyi Township.—Myitmakha News Agency


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