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Belgium: after the floods, a disrupted return to school

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Belgium: after the floods, a disrupted return to school
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In Belgium, children are preparing to return to school, however in a very special context, six weeks after deadly floods.

In the town of Pepinster, Belgium, it is as if time has stood still. Six weeks after the floods, in the city center of Pepinster, life is gradually resuming. In a school, the big cleaning is finished, and the teachers take great care to prepare the return of the pupils. All supplies are donations that arrived during the summer. Pepinster is one of the cities most affected by the July floods. Seven dead and thousands of victims are to be deplored. Images in all minds, and the teachers are preparing to take on the role of psychologists.

A third of the children in this school have been affected by the floods. This is the case with the Bertrand family who live a few meters away. They have barely found electricity and hot water. But “to a moment, you have to move on“Says Sylvie, the mother of the family. Everything is far from being settled. Along the river, a school cannot reopen, the students will be welcomed in another building. The countdown has started to level a building. and urgently install prefabs The return to school is scheduled for Wednesday, September 1.


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