Over half of the schools closed in Bago floods reopen

Zaw Win Chit (Taungoo)

A total of 447 out of 772 schools, closed temporarily in Bago region due to floods, are reopened by September 4, according to office of education head of the region.

The first wave of floods occurred in July as water levels in Sittaung, Shwekyin and Bago rivers were increased. The second floods occurred when a spillway of Hswar Dam collapsed on August 29. Among the schools, there are 40 high schools, 96 middle schools and 636 primary schools included. Most of the schools those reopened are from Taungoo district.

Dr Naw Ohnmar Tun, Taungoo Township education head said, “We closed 57 schools from August 29 to September 3 temporarily and 54 of them are reopened today. The three remaining schools will be opened soon as the authorities are still repairing the damages.”

The schools that have reopened are 26 high schools, 58 middle schools, 363 primary schools. Some schools which are not affected by the floods are also closed as flood victims are taking shelter there. Some tables and chairs are damaged due to the flood victims. Office documents, floors, walls, wells and signboards are damaged or lost, according to the office of education head of the region.

A teacher from Sisokone village said, “Fence and school building are destroyed in the flood. We lost everything. Soldiers cleared the mud and silt in the school compound.”

A total of four people were dead and two are still missing in the floods. About 200,000 flood victims were evacuated and nearly 550,000 acres of paddy fields are submerged under water. About 400 homes, schools, roads, bridges and embankments are destroyed in Bago floods, sources said.