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South Asia flooding leaves 1.8 million children unable to go to school – Telegraph.co.uk

The worst flooding to hit South Asia for years that has killed more than 1,200 people has also left about 1.8 million children unable to go to school.

Devastating floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, which have left an estimated 40 million people affected, have also destroyed or badly damaged 18,000 schools.

Save the Children, the charity, warned on Thursday that hundreds of thousands of children might permanently fall out of the school system unless education is prioritised by those coordinating relief efforts.

“We haven’t seen flooding on this scale in years and it’s putting the long-term education of an enormous number of children at great risk,” said Rafay Hussain, from Save the Children.

“From our experience, the importance of education is often under-valued in humanitarian crises and we simply cannot let this happen again. We cannot go backwards.”

South Asia flooding leaves 1.8 million children unable to go to school – Telegraph.co.uk}

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