BRIEF – 25 schools reopen in Pegu as floods subside

Twenty-five schools have reopened in Pegu Division after severe flooding caused 175 emergency closures since late July, according to the region’s chief educational administrator Saw San Yin. The education department plans to keep schools open for extended hours to make up for lost classroom time, he added. Pegu, an administrative division north of Rangoon, has seen record water levels this year; 18 emergency shelters have been opened since flash floods drowned tens of thousands of acres of farmland.