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Assam: 24 students rescued from flooded ‘road’ in Majuli | Guwahati News

Assam: 24 students rescued from flooded ‘road’ in Majuli | Guwahati News

Kolkata:

About 24 schoolchildren on Saturday were rescued from a flooded embankment, which is used as a road to go to a government-run elementary school nearby in Majuli. The district administration was alarmed when the floodwaters reached the embankment.

GUWAHATI: About 24 schoolchildren on Saturday were rescued from a flooded embankment, which is used as a road to go to a government-run elementary school nearby in Majuli. The district administration was alarmed when the floodwaters reached the embankment.
The chief executive officer of the District Disaster Management Authority (Majuli), Bipul Das, said the incident occurred at the Namani Jokaibowa ME School. “The embankment, which had been built for purposes of agriculture, was also used by students to go to school. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) rescued the stranded children,” he told TOI.
Das said that total enrollment in the school is 34. However, attendance was low due to the adverse weather on Saturday. He said the part of the embankment which got flooded was barely 100 meter away from the school.
Headmaster Bhaben Kumar Nath, said numerous attempts were made in the past to prevent erosion of the area caused by river Subansiri, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, which flows adjacent to the school campus.
Schools are open in the state and in Majuli though 28 out of 33 districts in Assam are flood hit. “The majority of our students travel from areas within a radius of 2 km. The water level started rising last night,” said Nath.
There are no human settlements close to the school, which makes the students more vulnerable in case of adversities. “We could save all the children as senior officials of the district administration immediately rushed to the spot,” the headmaster said.
Even though the floods have been unprecedented in the state this year, sources in the education department told TOI that there are no clear instructions on school closure. “Even in some of the worst flood-affected districts, schools have been closed in certain parts where the district administration thinks it is necessary. In the absence of clear instructions, students in many parts of the state are going to school risking their lives. The Majuli incident has been an eye-opener,” an education department official said.
Over two lakh people were confined to the island district after the regular boat service to Majuli was suspended due to the floods earlier this week.

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