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After repeated floods, school mulls first-floor classrooms
Published on: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Having experienced three flashfloods in 2005, 2015 and last Monday, the SK Darau management believe only having classes above ground may be the solution.

"A higher structure is needed to minimise the flood impact which badly hit the school for the third time, said its headmaster Abdul Hajis Saipudin, said Wednesday.

"There are 12 classrooms on ground level and they are badly damaged except the classrooms and other function rooms on the one three-storey building in the school compound.

"We estimated loss of damages around RM100,000 with some 700 chairs and tables cannot be used plus few sports equipment which were all kept in a room at ground level.

"This is why we need extra higher structure buildings for the classrooms and store rooms, among others," he said when met at the school on Wednesday.

Hajis said the school management is thankful and grateful for receiving assistance from Fire and Rescue Department, Perbendaharaan Malaysia Sabah (PMS), Home Ministry, Civil Defence Force, Rela , SK Darau Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and Darau Youth Association, which took them two days to clean up the school.

He said the school would re-opened today (Aug 17).

During the flash flood on Monday, Hajis said initially there were 85 pupils aged between seven and nine evacuated to the higher building in the school with the help of three teachers and two security guards when the water level drastically increased at around 5.30pm.

The pupils' parents gradually picked them up from 9pm, he said out of 85, 22 pupils were still at the school and an hour later there were four left, and the last pupil was picked up at 10.30pm.

Meanwhile, Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid organised a gotong-royong at SK Rampayan, Manggatal on Tuesday.

Also present was State Education Department Director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul along with the Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence Force and Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK). - Jeremy S. Zabala

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