LEARNERS of some schools in Kabbe South in the Zambezi Region have been left stranded due to floods experienced in the Zambezi River basin.
Many children in the region are unable to attend school and some have to row across wide stretches of water in the floodplains in canoes to go to school and back home.
Zambezi regional governor Lawrence Sampofu confirmed that the situation is very bad and that Kabbe is frequently affected by flooding as it is in low-lying land.
The level of the Zambezi River, which has burst its banks, currently stands at 6.072 metres and is way above the normal mark after good rains in the catchment area of the fourth largest river in Africa.
Sampofu said that officials are in the process of temporarily relocating the schools.
“Officials were asked to look for higher ground where temporary schools can be established.”
Although the schools are cut off by road, teaching and learning were not yet completely interrupted and he said all involved must simply find ways to continue with the education of children that have already been badly affected by the closure of schools for more than six months last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The learners from nearby villages are using dugout canoes as a means of transport to go to school. I am appealing to parents to escort their children to and from school because the currents can be strong,” he urged.
Flow on the lower Orange River started decreasing but the flood alert has been repeated.
People have been warned to be on the lookout for rising water levels and are advised to be on high alert for possible flood risk and take the necessary precautionary measures.