Almost 2,000 children unable to go to school due to floods

KOTA KINABALU: Almost 2, 000 children in Sabah can not go to school due to floods in various districts.

These 1, 989 pupils are from six primary and a secondary school in areas, including Sabah’s northern Pitas and Kota Marudu districts.

Sabah Education Department director Mistirine Radin said 173 teachers are also affected by floods as they are not able to go to work following the closure of schools currently inundated by floodwaters caused by continuous rains since Friday (Jan 25).

“These schools will be closed until the weather improves,” she said.

The schools affected are SK Sualok, SK Binsulung, SK Sungai-Sungai, SK Tampat, SMK Pitas II, SK Sosop and SK Kusilad.

Meanwhile, three schools - SK Pamol, SK Ranau in Kota Marudu and SK Pekan Pitas II - are being used as temporary shelters for flood victims.

On related matters, the total number of flood evacuees have reduced since Sunday, following slight improvement in the weather.

According to the Sabah Civil Defence Department, the number of evacuees have gone down from about 2, 700 people statewide on early Sunday (Jan 27) to 2, 141 as of 8am Monday (Jan 28).

The department also recorded that five evacuation centres have been closed as families slowly return to their homes.