Flooding is becoming an increasing threat for British and Commonwealth schoolchildren in Queensland as water levels rise.
Key points:Students are being relocated from their homes in a bid to stay safeThe Government has warned that the state will have to spend millions of dollars to keep schools openSchool closures will occur across Queensland schools as the climate warmsThe Government says schools will be open until at least the end of April after a five-year waitThe Queensland Government has been warned that schools will have shut down as a result of the rising water levels in the state.
The Government said schools would be closed until the end in April, the end date of the Queensland State Emergency Management Agency (QSEMA).
The State Government will also spend millions to maintain schools as water recedes in parts of the state, with the Government warning schools will not be open for another two years.
“It is absolutely critical that we have schools open for the foreseeable future.
If they do not reopen by then, the state of Queensland will have spent millions of taxpayer dollars in the last five years to keep the schools open,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.”
The State Emergency Manager has been working tirelessly with the QSEMA to ensure Queensland has enough water to keep all schools open, including those that have closed for the last few years.”
More than 500 schools have closed in the past five years, according to QSEM.
Queensland has been hit hard by extreme weather events in recent years, with flooding, bushfires and bushfires burning across the state and threatening to inundate thousands of homes.
The Premier has pledged to spend $50 million to reopen schools in the next year.
“School closures are a reality, but we are not going to be able to close schools for the next two years, and we will be investing in new school building, infrastructure and education to make sure the Queensland school system remains safe,” Ms Palaszek said.
She said the Government was also looking to develop an action plan to make schools more resilient.
Queers have been facing severe flooding in the north and central parts of Queensland since April.
“We have experienced floods in the east of the State and the south of Queensland,” Ms Poulter said.
Queenya was already the most vulnerable state in the world to extreme weather.
The extreme weather is expected to continue in the coming months, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s and rainfall in excess of six inches in some areas.
More than 2,300 people have died in extreme weather across the country, and more than 2 million people are in emergency services.
Queer people have faced the brunt of extreme weather, with more than 4,000 people killed in the heatwave, while at least 1,300 are missing.
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