Semester delayed as some schools still being used as flood relief centres

Getting rid of dirt: Dr Zambry helping to clean up the home of a villager during his working visit to Manong.

SCHOOLS being used as temporary flood relief centres at affected areas may delay the start of the new semester.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the school holidays may be extended in Kampung Gajah, Hilir Perak and Perak Tengah as some of the areas in the affected districts are still inundated.

“I have already discussed the matter with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin during his visit here.

“He is aware that several schools in the affected areas are still being used as relief centres,” he said during his visit to Manong recently.

“We will decide according to the affected areas. There are families that have returned home but the Maktab Rendah Sains Mara in Pasir Salak is still being utilised as a relief centre,” he said.

Dr Zambry said the date for the reopening of schools would be decided later and notices would be issued through the Education Department.

On another matter, Dr Zambry extends his gratitude to Kepala Batas Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Reezal Marican Naina Marican for extending assistance in cleaning up Manong.

“More than 300 members from Penang have come to help the villagers here with the cleaning works.

“We want to thank those who have helped,” he said, adding that all flood victims seeking shelters at relief centres in Manong have returned home.

“We have also asked the District Office to get the Drainage and Irrigation Department and other related agencies to help with pumping out water from inundated homes,” he added.

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