Bhubaneswar, 25 October: With the flood situation in the state turning grim and incessant rains predicted in next two days, the government today announced closure of the schools and colleges in 12 districts till Monday.
The districts include Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Khurda, Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Nayagarh and Mayurbhanj.
The state school and mass education secretary, Ms Usha Padhee said that the decision has been taken keeping the students’ safety in mind.
“Many district administrations have reported that rain water entered premises of many schools and colleges. Moreover, approach roads to a large number of institutions have been inundated, causing inconvenience to the students. This apart, the meteorological office has predicted more rains for Odisha, prompting us to decide in favour of closing the schools till Monday,” she said. sns