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Cyclone Mahasen razes to ground hundreds of schools, madrasas : Patuakhali, Barguna Districts

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Sohrab Hossain, Patuakhali

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

 

 

Tiakhali AKHM High School and Mozahar Biswas College in Kalapara upazila are among the hundreds of educational institutions damaged by cyclone Mahasen in Patuakhali district on May 16. PHOTO: STAR

 

As many as 1174 educational institutions including primary and secondary schools, madrasas and colleges in Patuakhali and Barguna districts got damaged as cyclone Mahasen accompanied by tidal surges hit the coastal region on May 16.


Due to the situation, authorities as well as over two lakh students studying at the institutions are worried about resumption of their academic activities.


According to Patuakhali district administration, 201 schools and madrasas in the district were totally damaged — 92 of them are in Kalapara upazila, 55 in Rangabali, 51 in Galachipa, two in Dashmina and one in Dumki upazila.

Besides, five colleges in Kalapara upazila, one each in Rangabali and Galachipa upazilas were fully damaged. All benches, tables, chairs and other pieces of furniture of these institutions were damaged by the cyclone.


Partly damaged schools and madrasas in the district include 153 in Kalapara upazila, 97 in Galachipa, 38 in Baufal, 20 in Dumki, 12 in Rangabali, 11 each in Mirzaganj and Dashmina and 10 in Sadar upazila, said sources at District Relief and Rehabilitation Office (DRRO) in Patuakhali.


Ten colleges in Kalapara upazila, three in Dumki, two each in Patuakhali Sadar, Baufal and Galachipa and one each in Rangabali and Mirzaganj upazilas were also damaged.A total of 593 institutions including 44 colleges in Barguna district were blown down by cyclone Mahasen. Of them, 136 including eight colleges were damaged fully and 357 including 36 colleges partly, said DRRO sources in Barguna.

“As this schoolhouse has become unfit for use, we are worried about resumption of academic activities when the ongoing summer vacation ends on June 7. The first terminal examinations here are scheduled to start on June 9 but it now seems uncertain,” said Golam Mostafa, headmaster of Fatima High School in Kalapara upazila.

 

 

Tiakhali AKHM High School and Mozahar Biswas College in Kalapara upazila are among the hundreds of educational institutions damaged by cyclone Mahasen in Patuakhali district on May 16. PHOTO: STAR

 

The government should take immediate steps considering the interest of the students, he said.
Maulana Morshedul Alam, superintendent of Aranganj Dakhil Madrasa in Kalapara upazila, said, “Two houses of the madrasa collapsed during the storm. If the government does not take immediate step to rebuild the institution we will have to conduct classes under the open sky. We are very anxious over the matter as terminal examinations will start on June 9 and it is the rainy season.”

Saifur Rahman Khan, acting principal of Kuakata Khanabad College that also collapsed during the cyclone, also urged the government to take immediate step to rebuild the institution for smooth continuation of academic activities there.

Sukumer Chandra Halder, Patuakhali district education officer, said they have sent a list of damaged educational institutions to the higher authorities.

Amitavo Sarker, deputy commissioner of Patuakhali, said, “After getting allocation from the higher authorities concerned, we will distribute it on emergency basis to rebuild the damaged institutions.”

 

 

  Source : thedailystar

 


 

 

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