August 19, 2016

Schools in disaster-hit areas need assistance to reopen

Flood- and landslide-damaged schools in worst-hit areas in Sagaing Region struggle to reopen.—MNA
Flood- and landslide-damaged schools in worst-hit areas in Sagaing Region struggle to reopen.—MNA

Yangon, 9 Aug — Schools forced to close their doors due to recent flash floods and flooding need urgent assistance in order to be reopened, Ministry of Education said.
The Ministry of Education appealed to private doners Sunday to assist in the reopening of more than 2,490 schools in the worst-hit areas.
The recent floods and landslides destroyed or damaged more than 3,060 schools, forcing them to close.
The ministry has already reopened 569 schools which were damaged during the disasters.
Meanwhile, the Ayeyawady Delta, the country’s rice bowl, is at risk of a new flooding due to swollen rivers in the region.
The rising Ayeyawady and Ngawun rivers threatening to inundate Ayeyawady Region saw their levels drop slightly Sunday, but they still remained above their designated danger levels, the country’s weather bureau said.
Authorities alerted residents in low-lying areas of the Ayeyawady Delta to possible flooding, urging them to move to designated shelters, as the Ayeyawady and Ngawun rivers remained above their danger levels in Hinthada, Nyaungdon, Zalun and Seiktha townships.
The nationwide death toll from severe flooding has risen to 99, and the number of people affected by floods since June reached nearly 1 million nationwide, according to an updated figure released by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
The floods inundated more than 1.2 million acres of rice fields, destroying more than 439,400 acres, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation announced Sunday that it has collected enough rice seeds to distribute to farmers, at a rate of one basket of seeds per acre.
Flash floods and landslides in recent memory forced more than 3,000 schools in the worst-hit areas nationwide to shut down.—GNLM


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