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3,600 students off as school flooded with river water in Vietnam’s southern city

3,600 students off as school flooded with river water in Vietnam’s southern city

Thursday, September 08, 2022, 15:19 GMT+7
3,600 students off as school flooded with river water in Vietnam’s southern city
The yard of Phuoc Tan 1 Midlde School in Phuoc Tan Ward, Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam is seen submerged in water from the rising Buong River in this image on September 7, 2022. Photo: Phuoc Hai / Tuoi Tre

Rising river water has flooded a middle school in Bien Hoa City in Vietnam’s southern Dong Nai Province, causing the school management to allow more than 3,600 students to stay home for safety reasons, local educational authorities have reported.

All the 3,610 students of Phuoc Tan 1 Middle School, in the city’s Phuoc Tan Ward, have been allowed to stay at home as the schoolyard has been inundated completely with water from the rising Buong River from Wednesday afternoon, the city’s Bureau of Education and Training confirmed on Thursday morning.

The road in front of the school has been inundated at a depth of around 20 centimeters.

These students will return to their classes on Friday morning and the school will arrange make-up classes for them, said Vo Van Minh, head of the bureau.

This image shows a heavy flooded area due to rising river water in Phuoc Tan Ward, Bien Hoa City, southern Dong Nai Province. Photo: A.Loc / Tuoi Tre

This image shows a heavily flooded area due to rising river water in Phuoc Tan Ward, Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. Photo: A.Loc / Tuoi Tre

Earlier on Wednesday morning, water from the upstream of the river began to pour into Phuoc Tan, submerging the school and surrounding areas.

Facing the situation, the school management decided to end the class sooner than usual and asked parents to come and take their children home on Wednesday afternoon.

They also issued a notice for all students to take a day off on Thursday for safety reasons.

More than 1,100 households and many companies, factories, and motels in the ward have been flooded, with many areas being under 1-1.2 meters of floodwater, said Tran The Bien, chairman of the ward administration.

No casualties were reported but some household properties, cars, and motorbikes were damaged during the flooding, which has receded gradually from Wednesday night, Bien said.

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Vinh Tho - A.Loc - Phuoc Hai / Tuoi Tre News

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