75 percent of school buildings in Padang damaged: Mayor

Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar said Tuesday that as many as 673 or 75 percent of classrooms in Padang had been damaged due to last Wednesday’s devastating earthquake.

“Therefore, children still can’t go to school yet. We are now focusing on repairing the schools. I suggest that parents help their children recover from psychological trauma while waiting for the school to resume its activities,” Fauzi told Antara news agency.

Fauzi called for cash aid to help accelerate the recovery of the school buildings.

“Repairing a heavily-damaged classroom may cost up to Rp100 million (US$10,590). Therefore, we really need donations, for our children to get back to school immediately,” he said.

As of Tuesday morning, the West Sumatra disaster management coordination unit has reported that 30,661 houses are badly damaged, 26,239 are moderately damaged, 32,773 are lightly damaged.

In addition, 35 places of worship are also heavily damaged, 10 are moderately damaged, and 24 suffered light damage.

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