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Heavy floods halt classes in Warrap State

Malek Deng
Floods and heavy rainfall in Gogrial East County, Warrap State, have closed schools and inundated local homes last month.
4.11.2015  |  Kuajok, South Sudan
A flooded school in Warrap State, October 19, 2015. (photo: The Niles | Malek Deng)
A flooded school in Warrap State, October 19, 2015. (photo: The Niles | Malek Deng)

James Manyiel, head teacher at Magak Primary School, said that the lessons have been stopped amid the flooding, putting a question mark over many students’ education.

“Six classrooms are full of water, there is no place for the students to sit and attend lessons in the class. I told them to stay at home until the water stops flowing,” he said, adding that all his office files were water soaked.

Manyiel plans to speak with local chiefs and county authorities to relocate the school if the flood continues.

Teresa John, a primary student, said that the rainfall had caught them by surprise. “I don’t know whether I will pass the (end of year) examinations because lessons are not going on now in our school since the flooding,” she said.

“I would have to go to Kuajok to continue my studies in primary eight but I don’t have relatives to stay with and my father doesn’t have capacity to pay for a house and food.”

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