A day before Marian School opens, Sincy Sebastian, SCN, principal, visited some of the villages in the hills to access the situation. Most of the narrow roads are washed away on both sides. Plying of the school bus will be a difficult task and yet without the school bus, many of the children will not be able to come to the school.
Maripuzha Village with 15 school families is still inaccessible. The only bridge to the village is washed away and the mountain river runs across the road. The mud-slide and gushing water continue from the high rise mountains above. The only child who attends Marian school from that area will be carried down by climbing the hill above for three kilometers to get to the school bus.
Muthappanpuzha area close seven kilometers from Marian school was also fully flooded and over thirty children attend school from that area. Water entered into the houses of many people.
Running the school buses filled with children on these risky narrow roads is a concern for Sister Sincy. And the rain continues to pour down.
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