Schools reopen in Kodagu District except in worst flood affected areas

Displaced students are allowed to enroll in any schools in Kodagu or in the state

Madikeri/Mysuru, August 23:- All the schools except the schools in worst flood affected areas of Kodagu District reopened on Thursday.

Children in the flood-ravaged Kodagu were back to their schools while schooling was also arranged in relief camps.

Almost all the schools, colleges and Anganawadis Kendras except schools in Hebbetageri, Kaluru, Bettaturu, Belakumani, Arekallu, Kandanakolli, Made, Jodupala, Katakeri, Devarakolli, Neerykolli, Koyanadu, Sampaje, Makkanduru, Hattihole, Moovattoklu, Madapura, Kirangaduru, Takeri, Biligeri were reopened on Thursday.

With decline in rainfall and the rebuilding of Kodagu District in progress, the Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu P I Srividya passed an order on Wednesday directing the officials to reopen the schools in the district.

Students dressed up in their uniforms and carrying their bags were seen going to schools after a long gap. Most of the schools and colleges in the district were shut for over a week due to the flood situation and torrential rains.

Meanwhile, the Department of Public Instruction issued a circular stating that students in the rain-ravaged areas of Kodagu may enroll themselves at any schools in the district or the state in order to continue their education. As per the circular, the students may join any schools of their choice without having to submit their birth and transfer certificates. The department also gave exemption for the students from wearing uniform to the school.

The district administration after giving much focus on rescue and rehabilitation are now preparing the ‘Rebuild Kodagu.’

DC Srividya and Tahasildar Kusuma are identifying lands for rehabilitation and were seen assessing the losses and damage with regard to houses, agriculture and horticulture.

Meanwhile, the measures for parallel document creation are in progress for those who have lost their documents.

The district administration has also made sure that warm water facility is arranged at all relief centres. Five relief collection centres are set up in Kodagu District and the DC has warned fraudsters who are collecting relief items in the name of any organisation and to those who are diverting relief items before it reaches to the needy people.

Nirmala Sitharaman to visit Kodagu tomorrow

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be arriving in flood-hit Kodagu District on Friday to assess the damage and visit relief camps set up in the district.

She will be arriving at 9 am tomorrow at Harangi Helipad and then visit flood-hit places in Kushalnagar, Sai Layout, Kuvempu Layout.

The Union minister will also visit Madapura and inspect the places where landslides occurred and destroyed property and then visit Mythri Bhavan before convening a meeting with officials at the DC’s office.  –(KK)

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