Schools shut after quake to reopen in a week


Himalayan News Service

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PHIDIM: Schools in Panchthar and Taplejung that were shut following a September 18 earthquake will reopen in a week, said the school authorities.

Teaching learning activities in the schools that has been halted, after buildings collapsed in the earthquake on September 18, is going to be resumed within a week in Panchthar and Taplejung districts.

A 6.9 earthquake rocked the country with epicentre in the eastern Nepal and Sikkim of India following which 178 school buildings in Panchthar and 336 school buildings in Taplejung were destroyed. Schools had remained shut since then.

Work to construct temporary huts using bamboo, wood and other local materials is under way. “But it will take some more time before classes are resumed in 51 other school,” said Hom Nath Bhandari, District Education Officer, Panchthar. Bhandari said the UNICEF has agreed to provide Rs 11,75,2000 for the school construction work in the district.

Some of the schools have been running classes out in the open. Schools in Nyangkholang VDC in Taplejung district have started constructing the huts with the support from Save the Children and Nepal Red Cross Society. Dhanendra Acharya, assistant headmaster, Kalika Higher Secondary School, informed that the temporary huts are being constructed in Kalika Higher Secondary School, Laxmi Lower Secondary School and Saraswati Primary School, among others.

Acting DEO Laya Prasad Niraula said the office will mobilise teams for construction of huts in other schools as well.

(Source: The Himalayantimes, Published in November 6)