Telangana Schools to Remain Closed Today Due to Rains?
In the aftermath of heavy rainfall across Telangana, it is expected that schools, colleges, and all educational institutions will remain closed on July 31. An official confirmation is yet to be announced. The state education minister, Sabita Indra Reddy, had previously declared holidays for schools and colleges on July 20, 21, 26, and 27. On July 24, although schools were open, nearly 80 per cent of the students were absent. Furthermore, July 29 was a holiday due to Muharram, and schools remained closed on July 30, which was a Sunday. In total, within the last 10 days, including Sundays, there have been around eight to nine days of holidays across state schools.
According to the Meteorological Department, Mulugu districts have experienced over 64 cm of rainfall. The heavy downpours have caused ponds to overflow in various districts, and in some areas, rivers have flooded, leading to water entering the villages. Given the extent of the damage and flooding, even if the rains subside, schools may not be able to reopen immediately.
The torrential rains have had severe consequences for about 5,000 schools across the state, with approximately 3,000 schools accumulating mud. Additionally, in more than 6,000 schools, water has penetrated the campuses, affecting the walls and electrical boards. Consequently, it is estimated that 78 per cent of the schools won't be able to organize mid-day meals even after the rain subsides.
The state government had previously issued orders to change the school timings in Telangana, with schools starting at 9.30 am. Furthermore, students residing in government hostels have returned home. However, due to the damaged transport system in many rural areas, even if the schools reopen, some students might not be able to return immediately.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also forecasted that rain is likely to continue in many districts on July 31. Consequently, there are demands to grant leave to the students on that day as well. The Medical and Health Department is also warning of a potential risk of dengue, malaria, and other epidemics due to the heavy rains.
In conclusion, the widespread heavy rains and resulting damages have led to the closure of educational institutions across Telangana, and it remains uncertain when schools can resume regular operations. The situation is being closely monitored, considering the safety and well-being of students and staff amid the ongoing weather challenges.