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Flooding closes 41 schools in Pathein

Rangoon (Mizzima) – Forty-one schools in Pathein [Bassein] Township, a flood-stricken area in Irrawaddy Region, have been closed since Wednesday, due to heavy monsoon rains.

The Darka River, a tributary of the Ngawun River, has overrun its banks. This photograph on August 13 shows a dike in Kangyidaung Township in Irrawaddy Region that has been overrun. Thousand of acres of farmlands have been inundated in Kangyidaung and Kyaunggon townships. Photo: Min Min / Mizzima A home in  Kangyidaung Township, Irrawaddy Region. Photo: Min Min / Mizzima Because of the flooding, residents put sandbags on the Rangoon-Pathein Road to try to stop the flow of water. Photo: Min Min / Mizzima Twenty-seven camps for displaced residents have been opened in Kyaunggon Township. Officials say food, medicine and other aid is needed. Photo: Min Min / Mizzima

Kyin Thaung, the chief of the township education department, told Mizzima by phone that students would have been forced travel on water or wade to get to schools, and the risk was too great.

She said most of the schools that closed are primary schools. Five middle/high schools also are closed, according to the chief of the township education department.

Only three out of 15 quarters in Pathein Township have not been affected by the flood, Thet Naung, a relief worker, told Mizzima.  
Kyin Thaung, the chief of the township education department, said that school officials are trying to institute special programmes for students who cannot attend schools during the rains.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 August 2012 14:28 )  

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