Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Flood instructions issued for schools to bolster safety



Flood instructions issued for schools to bolster safety

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Students walk past a flooded school in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district on Thursday as more rain is expected. Heng Chivoan

Flood instructions issued for schools to bolster safety

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Wednesday issued guidelines for schools to lessen the impact of flood damage.

Minister Hang Chuon Naron said the recent flash floods have affected school buildings, study materials and equipment.

He advised departments to monitor the weather and flood information regularly and prohibit students from playing in heavy flowing floodwaters. If necessary, students should be evacuated to a safe place and avoid travelling by water.

“School management and teachers must facilitate the travel of students in ways that are safe and responsible. Parents and guardians need to take their children to school and back carefully,” he said.

The minister added that schools must cooperate with local authorities, school support committees, civil society organisations, charities and others to reduce the risk of disaster.

“Teachers must be encouraged to use all methods to continue teaching, including distance learning. School directors must provide information regularly and report on the impacts of flooding.”

Schools not affected by floods, he said, need to continue to monitor the weather and flood situation regularly while those located in vulnerable areas must be prepared by storing materials such as books, electronic equipment and electrical appliances.

He also advised all to work together to clean buildings and classrooms when the flooding stops. He said school management committees might need to fix desks, chairs, whiteboards, cabinets, school equipment, and prepare damage reports.

Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha told The Post on Thursday that a small number of schools have temporarily suspended activities due to flash floods in provinces located in lowland areas.

“The ministry continues to pay close attention to the situation, based on official meteorological forecasts. The ministry’s school disaster management working group has continued to cooperate with school management committees and the local authorities to be ready to intervene as needed,” he said.

He said the ministry welcomes all cooperation to prevent and respond to the effects of floods in public schools.

He asked students and teachers to be vigilant, continue healthcare and respect traffic laws, including wearing helmets.

According to a National Committee for Disaster Management report issued on Thursday, 425 schools have been impacted by floods.

They include 26 schools in Pursat province, 316 in Battambang, 39 in Banteay Meanchey, two in Pailin, 23 in Kandal, one in Preah Sihanouk, one in Kampong Thom, two in Stung Treng, one in Kampong Speu, three in Takeo, one in Kampong Cham and 10 in Siem Reap.

MOST VIEWED

  • Municipal hall releases map detailing colour coded Covid risks by commune

    Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng released an official map detailing the red, yellow and dark yellow zones within the city under the new lockdown orders for Phnom Penh announced on April 26. The designation of red, dark yellow and yellow corresponds to areas with high,

  • Inter-provincial travel ban lifted; Phnom Penh and Takmao not exempted

    The government on April 25 decided to lift the inter-provincial travel ban and the closure of tourist attractions across the country, effectively immediately. The travel ban and closures of all resorts were imposed on April 6 and 17 respectively in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19,

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown extended for another week

    The government late on April 26 announced an extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province for another seven days – or longer if residents do not comply with Covid-19 preventive measures and the community outbreak does not subside – until May 5. According

  • Gov't mulls extension of Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown

    The Inter-ministerial National Commission for the Control and Enforcement of Lockdown held a video conference meeting on April 25 to review a draft document on the extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal province’s Takmao town. The meeting was chaired by Minister of

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a