Schools reopen, but classes in camps will continue in Kodagu

Most of the schools and colleges that had been closed across Kodagu district following floods and landslips reopened on Thursday.

Sixty-one schools remained closed. They have been damaged or the roads in their vicinity destroyed. These schools are by and large located in Madikeri taluk. But the attendance in schools was thin. The authorities are hoping the numbers will rise in the coming days, once normalcy was restored in the hill district.

Kodagu Additional Deputy Commissioner Satish Kumar said the schools were reopened with the rains receding and the roads to villages being restored.

In places where the schools are still inaccessible because of damaged roads, children would be able to sit for classes in the relief camps they are presently housed in, under their respective teachers, he added.

Minister in charge of Kodagu S.R. Mahesh said on Wednesday that textbooks would be distributed to the children to ensure continuity of education.

Some private educational institutions have come forward to provide free education to the children who have lost their homes and sources of livelihood (like estates and farmlands).

Some donors are coming forward to help flood victims in Madikeri by personally handing over relief. Volunteers from Bengaluru, who had brought relief collected from various donors, said they wanted to ensure they reached out to the needy, and the best way would be to meet them personally.

An NGO based in Bengaluru has come forward to look after the education of children aged between 8 and 12 who have been affected by the floods. Samaj Seva Samiti has offered to provide free education, accommodation and food to the children.

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