319 schools closed in east Bago region

Zaw Win Chit
A flooded school in Taungoo Township.


A total of 319 basic education schools are temporarily closed in the east Bago region due to floods caused by the collapse of a spillway of Swachaung dam in Yedashe Township in Bago Region on August 29, according to Bago Region Education Officer Office.

Floods hit townships in Taungoo District and villages and low-laying areas near Sittoung River.

An official of the Bago Region Education Officer Office said: “A total of 319 schools are temporarily closed—262 in Yedashe Township, 41 in Taungoo Township, 12 in Htantapin Township, one in Ottdwin Township, two in DikeU Township and one in Phyu Township.”

Dr Naw Ohmar Tun, Taungoo Township Education Officer said: “We have temporarily closed 54 schools in Taungoo Township. 13 additional schools are closed today. There are two basic education high schools here. Basic Education High School (BEHS) No.4 is closed. BEHS No.6 is used as relief camp. We will reopen schools on Saturday and Sunday when flood waters start to recede.”

Due to floods, 65,506 students from 13 high schools, 37 middle-level schools and 269 primary schools are unable to attend schools.

This is the second time the authority closed schools. In the last week of July, the authority temporarily closed 363 schools in 14 townships in Bago Region due to rain-triggered floods.