Children unable to cross flooded river to school

- THAKUR SINGH THARU, Banke

Sep 7, 2014-

The Nepal Rastriya Primary School at Holiya VDC in the district has been shut since the past month for children of Chaupheri village are unable to cross a flooded Rapti river to attend classes, according to local residents.

As a result, around 150 children of the village are deprived of education. The village is surrounded by the river on all four directions and locals are forced to cross the river, without a bridge, on a boat.

School inspector Ram Ekali Mandal confirmed the problem faced by the children.

“We are, however, trying our best to resume classes,” he said.

Earlier, the village was submerged by the August 14 floods, displacing several locals. Mandal said that the locals are still facing the impact of the floods.

The displaced locals are currently taking shelter in Hajarath Community Forest.

The floods have affected the school as well, developing cracks and submerging parts of its buildings.

The District Education Office (DEO) said that it cannot repair the school building at present due to technical problem, but it will soon offer an alternative to educate the flood-affected children.

According to Mandal, efforts are underway to provide classes to the flood-affected children where they are taking shelter.

Many schools in the area affected by the floods have, however, resumed classes.

The floods had damaged over a dozen school buildings.

Published: 08-09-2014 09:15

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