Cir – Lesson 668

Padang city of Indonesia’s West Sumatra province that was devastated by a 7.6 Richter scale earthquake last Wednesday, intends to prioritize education amidst poor facilities, the private radio Elshinta reported on Wednesday.

“Education will keep running although students have to study in mosques and emergency tents because their schools are ruined by the earthquake,” said Fauzi Bahar, Padang’s mayor told the radio station.

The local government recorded that 64 percent of schools in Padang were ruined by the massive quake.

Fauzi also urged citizens not to be drifted by the impact of the disaster.

“Those who have to go to rice fields, go! Those who have to fish, go to the sea! And those who have to trade, go to markets,” he said, adding that people should not stand still and just wait for help.

West Sumatra province was rocked by the earthquake that killed more than 700 people and the hardest hit are Padang, Pariaman and Padang Pariaman regencies.


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