Gov’t Warns School Heads Against Reopening Schools Amid Heavy Floods

The government has warned schools across the country not to reopen following the flood catastrophe caused by the continuous heavy rainfall.

Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura urged school heads to follow President William Ruto’s directive during an appearance on the Hot 96 Breakfast Show.

The president asked the Ministry of Education to postpone the reopening of all schools “until further notice,” citing the likelihood that the situation will worsen in the coming days.

Heavy rainfall delayed the original April 29, 2024, reopening date to May 6, 2024.

Ruto issued a statement on Friday directing the Ministry of Education to postpone the reopening of all schools in the nation for the second term until further notice.

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Mwaura asked where the relocated public members should go once schools that double as rescue centers reopen.

He also stated that the government is coordinating the transfer and evacuation of affected public members in order to provide temporary refuge to displaced people.

The death toll from flooding and other effects of Kenya’s severe rains has grown to 228, the interior ministry announced on Sunday.

The severe rains that have caused widespread flooding and landslides across the country in recent weeks are expected to intensify in May.

According to a ministry statement, further flooding is “expected in low-lying areas, riparian areas, and urban areas, while landslides and mudslides may occur in areas with steep slopes, escarpments, and ravines.”

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Floods have devastated homes, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure throughout East Africa’s greatest economy.

The poor weather has harmed at least 164 people and displaced 212,630, according to the government.

Gov’t Warns School Heads Against Reopening Schools Amid Heavy Floods

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