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July 25, 2024

Flood: Kenya postpones schools resumption

Kenya said Monday that it would delay the reopening of schools by one week due to ongoing heavy rains that have triggered deadly floods in the East African nation.

Schools were originally scheduled to reopen on Monday, following the mid-term holidays, but the torrential monsoon downpours have affected many educational facilities, prompting the education ministry to delay the resumption of classes.

Education Minister Ezekiel Machogu said the devastating effects of the rains in some of the schools are so severe that it will be imprudent to risk the lives of learners and staff before water-tight measures are put in place to ensure adequate safety.

“Based on this assessment, the Ministry of Education has resolved to postpone the reopening of all primary and secondary schools by one week, to Monday, May 6, 2024,” Machogu said in a statement.

DAILY POST reports that 76 people have lost their lives in Kenya since March, as heavier than usual rains batter East Africa, compounded by the El Nino weather pattern.

Flash floods have submerged roads and neighborhoods, leading to the displacement of more than 130,000 people across 24,000 households, many of them in the capital Nairobi, according to government figures released on Saturday.

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