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DepEd suspends classes in some NCR schools due to floods

DepEd suspends classes in some NCR schools due to floods. Students of Araullo High School wade in knee-deep flood along Taft Avenue in Manila after an hour of heavy downpour on Thursday, June 13. Some classes in elementary and high school levels have been suspended by the DepEd due to flooded Metro Manila streets. Danny Pata

Following Thursday’s heavy rain and floods that stranded several students, the Department of Education on Friday reminded local government officials to coordinate more closely with state weather forecasters in suspending classes.
DepEd assistant secretary Tonesito Umali said many students had complained of class suspension announcements coming late, radio dzBB’s Glen Juego reported.

Umali said the late announcements resulted in them getting stranded in the streets and soaked in the rain and floods.

He said local government units should monitor weather conditions and advisories from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration more closely, and issue suspension orders accordingly.

On Thursday, heavy rain from a thunderstorm lashed Metro Manila, flooding several areas including school zones.

While local government units canceled afternoon and evening classes, many students had already been stranded by then. —KG, GMA News

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