Many schools closed in three states


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  • Monday, 23 Jan 2017

KOTA BARU: Many schools in Kelantan and Terengganu, as well as two in Sarawak, are closed today due to floods.

Twenty-one schools in four districts in Kelantan will remain closed as floodwaters in the affected areas have not receded completely.

The State Education Department said 10 of the schools were in Pasir Mas, four each in Tumpat and here, and three in Bachok.

“The roads to the schools are flooded and not safe for students and teachers, and also because the schools are being used as relief centres,” the department said in a statement yesterday.

In Terengganu, 13 schools remain closed while the other 14 were opened after the flood situation in the state improved.

State Education Department director Shafruddin Ali Hussin said the closure of the 13 schools, two of which were secondary schools, would involve 3,415 pupils and 379 teachers.

In Sarawak, State Disaster Management Committee Civil Defence Force secretariat Mej Ismail Mahedin said two primary schools in Bintulu, SK Kuala Sigu and SK Genaan, would be closed today due to floods.

He said SK Bukit Matawang, which had also been flooded, would still be opened, while pupils at the SK Nanga Penyara hostel had been evacuated to the school hall as a precautionary measure.

Fire and Rescue Department squads are also on alert and will monitor the situation, he said. — Bernama

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