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Vietnam schools devastated in wake of Typhoon Molave

Friday, October 30, 2020, 15:53 GMT+7
Vietnam schools devastated in wake of Typhoon Molave
A teacher at Tinh Khe Kindergarten in Quang Ngai City cleans up debris after Typhoon Molave. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Sixty percent of schools in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Ngai had their roofs blown away after Typhoon Molave’s landfall, while uprooted trees and collapsed ceilings also destroyed their teaching facilities.

After Typhoon Molave unleashed torrential rains and gusts in the locality on Wednesday, residents saw clear sky and sunny daytime on Thursday. 

As witnessed on Thursday morning, many schools in the province were found shattered and strewn with debris after the storm.

At Tinh Khe Kindergarten of Quang Ngai City, which is the capital of the namesake province, the metal roofing of classrooms was blown away, while two huge trees were uprooted.

Walls of their building also collapsed, while the school supplies and facilities inside were ruined.

“Prior to the storm, the school had barricaded our doors, verandas and trees, but the devastation from the typhoon still caused major damage,” said Bui Thi Thu Trang, principal of Tinh Khe Kindergarten.

“The damage is estimated to be roughly VND500 million [US$21,858],” she added.

Schools along Quang Ngai’s coastline, namely those in the districts of Tinh Khe, Tinh Ky, Tinh Hoa, Binh Chau, and Duc Thang, also suffered from huge damage.

Leaders of these schools are racing to clean up the damage and repairing facilities to resume classes as soon as possible.

An aerial view of Tinh Khe Kindergarten after Typhoon Molave’s landing

An aerial view of Tinh Khe Kindergarten after Typhoon Molave’s landing

A classroom with roof blown away by Typhoon Molave is seen in this photo

A classroom with its roof blown away by Typhoon Molave is seen in this photo.

Teachers of Tinh Khe Kindergarten clean up roofing pieces after Typhoon Molave

Teachers of Tinh Khe Kindergarten clean up roofing pieces after Typhoon Molave.

A teacher in Tinh Khe Kindergarten of Quang Ngai City cleans up the debris in a classroom after Typhoon Molave

A teacher in Tinh Khe Kindergarten of Quang Ngai City cleans up the debris in a classroom after Typhoon Molave.

Facilities of Tinh Khe Kindergarten in Quang Ngai City are ruined after Typhoon Molave

Facilities of Tinh Khe Kindergarten in Quang Ngai City are ruined after Typhoon Molave.

Parents are seen assisting teachers at Tinh Khe Kindergarten of Quang Ngai City to clean up the debris

Parents are seen assisting teachers at Tinh Khe Kindergarten of Quang Ngai City in cleaning up the debris.

A person cleans up facilities of Tinh Khe Kindergarten of Quang Ngai City after Typhoon Molave

A person cleans up facilities of Tinh Khe Kindergarten of Quang Ngai City after Typhoon Molave.

Teachers clean up debris in a room filled with bags of charity clothing intended for flooding victims in Quang Binh province

Teachers clean up the debris in a room filled with bags of charity clothing intended for flooding victims in Quang Binh Province.

A teacher collects two wall-mounted fans fallen after Typhoon Molave

A teacher collects two wall-mounted fans fallen after Typhoon Molave.

Military personnel help Binh Chau Secondary School of Quang Ngai Province cleans up after typhoon Molave.

Military personnel help Binh Chau Middle School of Quang Ngai Province cleans up after typhoon Molave.

A building of Binh Chau Secondary School of Quang Ngai Province is seen with its roof blown away in this photo

A building of Binh Chau Middle School of Quang Ngai Province is seen with its roof blown away in this photo.

Teachers at Binh Chau Secondary School of Quang Ngai Province clean up the school’s facilities

Teachers at Binh Chau Middle School of Quang Ngai Province clean up the school’s facilities.

Military personnel assist the cleaning up of Tinh Khe Kindergarten in Quang Ngai City

Military personnel assist the clean-up of Tinh Khe Kindergarten in Quang Ngai City.

Teachers of Binh Chau Secondary School of Quang Ngai Province clean up a classroom after Typhoon Molave.

Teachers of Binh Chau Middle School of Quang Ngai Province clean up a classroom after Typhoon Molave.

A teacher of Duc Thang Secondary School of Quang Ngai Province cleans up a classroom with roof blown away after Typhoon Molave

A teacher of Duc Thang Middle School of Quang Ngai Province cleans up a classroom with its roof blown away after Typhoon Molave.

A school in Quang Ngai Province is seen devastated by Typhoon Molave

A school in Quang Ngai Province is seen devastated by Typhoon Molave.

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