South Sudan Close schools

South Sudan Close schools . 

South Sudan on Saturday said it would close schools and told children not to play outside as temperatures were set to soar to an exceptional 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

Heatwaves are becoming increasingly common in the East African country, which is particularly vulnerable to climate change, but temperatures rarely exceed 40C.

The government will close all schools from March 18 due to the “serious health hazards” posed to students.

A statement on Saturday said, Parents are advised to stop their children from playing outdoors, adding that young children in particular should be monitored for signs of heatstroke.

Episodes of drought and increasingly extreme rainfall are adding to already difficult living conditions in South Sudan, which has been plagued by violence and economic instability since it declared independence from Sudan in 2011.




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