Flood-hit students moved to temple

SIXTY primary school students in a village in the northeastern Thai province of Nakhon Phanom have found a “strange new place” to study after their school was submerged by a big flood, the Thai-language daily Thai Rath reported today (Sept 7, 2018).

“I was thinking hard about what to do when a parent suggested that I move all the students to a Buddhist temple, which is located on higher ground,” head teacher Surasak Sudyada said.

The abbot of Phochaisi Temple welcomed all the students and their teachers into his temple this morning, and everyone was smiling with the abbot thanked for his kindness.

Apart from the students, rice farmers in the area are also affected. “I pray that the water level would go down soon,” a farmer said. “If not, we would lose all our rice crops.”


Top: The badly-flooded school in Nakhon Phanom province. Photo: Thai Rath

Below: Happy students at the dry temple. Photo: Thai Rath

By Songpol Kaopatumtip

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