Proposal to move flood-prone schools to higher ground


Fatimah wants flood-prone schools in Sarawak to be relocated to higher ground.

Welfare, Women and Community Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said every year, these schools were badly affected by floods and that resulted not only in the cancellation of classes but also property damage.

Most of these flood-prone schools were in Baram, with some in the Mukah division.

Taking the case of a school in Mukah which is located near the river bank, she said flooding there was a perennial problem.

“During high tide, the school will be inundated with water.

“The situation will get worse during a downpour,” she said after the launch of the “Campaign to Fight Obesity”.

During the recent flood in Baram, which has been the worst so far, she disclosed that the affected schools were submerged under water and the water level reached the rooftop.

“The damage caused by the flood was substantial as most facilities were affected, such as the schools’ kitchen, boarding house and classrooms,” she said.

As a long-term measure, she said, relocating these schools to higher ground was the better option.

In the meantime, she said the state education department would assess the cost of repairing and replacing the damaged facilities before procuring allocation from the Education Ministry.

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