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Flood hits schools hard in Balasore

Balasore: The flood in Bhograi block of Balasore district has not only ruined the livelihood of people, but also paralysed study of students as most of the schools are marooned while some other completely submerged.

The deluge has led to undeclared holidays for the students as well as teachers in many parts of the district.

Many approach roads were inundated due to flood in Subarnarekha river. Villages were submerged forcing people to take shelter on high-lying places. The study materials remained under water, said a local guardian.

“Our school has been submerged by the flood. Our school bags and books were swept away as our houses were inundated,” student of Gabagaan village Haladhar Dandapata said.

On the other hand, some students have been stranded in a residential school in Bhograi block as the school was marooned.

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“As the school and hostel were marooned, we could not allow the students to go to outside” said Anita Giri, a teacher of the residential school.

Not only in Bhograi block, but also schools in Baliapal of the district remain closed during flood time. As many as 15 schools remain closed for months. The teachers generally do extra classes to recover the losses.

“We will have to conduct extra classes to compensate the losses of the students due to flood,” said Sapan Kumar Nanda, headmaster of a local school in Baliapal.

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