Muong Lat district was badly hit by serious floods in August. (Photo: VNA)

Thanh Hoa (VNA) – The central province of Thanh Hoa has decided to provide over 1,500 tonnes of rice in flood relief for more than 21,200 students from 246 schools across the province during the first semester of the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

Any students who study at local elementary, secondary and high schools will receive 15 kg of rice per month per person from the national reserves to encourage them to pursue education amid many difficulties caused by disasters.

In the last school year, the province also offered local students a total of 2,644 tonnes of rice in aid.

Torrential rain from August 28-31 caused serious floods in Muong Lat, Quan Son, Quan Hoa, Ba Thuoc, Cam Thuy, Thach Thanh, Vinh Loc and Yen Dinh districts in Thanh Hoa.

According to statistics, floods left 12 people dead and missing while 13,000 houses were inundated and 800 others swept away, collapsed or severely damaged. Thousands hectares of crops were submerged, and hundreds of head of cattle and poultry were killed.

Critical damage was seen in roads, schools, medical stations, and telecommunication facilities.

The mountainous district of Muong Lat was among the worst-hit. Landslides have ravaged and buried 15 schools in the district together with their learning equipment, affecting the study of hundreds of students there. –VNA