According to news agency PTI, the Directorate of Education (DoE) on Sunday informed that all government and private schools in areas bordering the Yamuna river in Delhi will remain closed on July 17 and 18 (Monday and Tuesday). It added that all flood-affected schools can make arrangements for online classes. The directive comes after several days of heavy rains in the upper catchment areas of Delhi inundated some parts of the Yamuna, leading to the migration of thousands of people from the lower areas.
As flood relief camps are likely to continue in schools in areas bordering the river Yamuna, all schools (government and private) in DoE’s affected districts – East, North East, North West-A, North, Central and South East – will remain closed for students on July 17 and 18, said a circular.
All schools in the remaining DOE districts (North West-B, West-A, West-B, South, South West-A, South West-B and New Delhi) will remain open, the circular said. Heads of schools in these seven districts are free to conduct (classes) in physical mode or hybrid mode (either offline or online) as per the convenience of their students. It states that the heads of such schools will have to inform the parents about their decision well in advance.
The DOE said schools in all districts will operate normally from Wednesday. The water level of Yamuna reached 205.98 meters on Sunday, which is less than the peak of 208.66 meters at 8 pm on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that children whose clothes and books were washed away in the floods would be given new clothes by the schools. He also assured that the Delhi government would provide financial assistance of Rs 10,000 to each family affected by the floods in the national capital.
Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Chief Minister said, “Many very poor families living on the banks of the Yamuna have suffered a lot. Some families lost their entire household belongings.”
“Rs 10,000 per family will be given as financial assistance to every family affected by the flood. Special camps will be set up for those whose documents like Aadhaar card etc. have been washed away. Children whose clothes and books have been washed away.” These were given by the schools,” he added.
Many very poor families living on the banks of the Yamuna have suffered substantial losses. Some relatives’ entire household goods were washed away.
1. As financial help, every flood affected family will be given Rs 10,000 per family.
2. Special plugin for Aadhaar card etc. generated…
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 16 July 2023
Earlier today, Kejriwal visited the flood relief camp at Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, Mori Gate in North Delhi. During his visit to the relief camp, where flood-affected locals have taken shelter, Kejriwal told them that he would offer ad-hoc help to those who have lost important papers, Aadhaar, PAN cards and other relevant items.
He further said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) administration will set up a special camp in Delhi for flood-affected persons, where children will be given submerged textbooks and uniforms.
According to the AAP chief, six districts of the city have been affected and the Delhi government has set up relief camps in several of these areas. Relief camps were set up in nearby schools and dharamshalas and drinking water and toilet facilities were provided.
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