South Sudan closes schools nationwide due to expected rise in temperature

South Sudan has begun closing all schools in preparation for an extreme heatwave expected to last two weeks, the Guardian reported yesterday.

The health and education ministries required parents to keep all children indoors as temperatures are expected to soar to 45C (113F).

According to the report, the two ministries released a statement late on Sunday warning that any school found open during the warning period would have its registration withdrawn, without specifying how long schools would remain closed.

The report added that some activists welcomed the decision, stressing that schools should be connected to the electricity grid to enable the installation of air conditioners.

It should be mentioned that South Sudan has been plagued civil conflict, let alone that the African country vulnerable to climate change such as drought and flooding, making living conditions difficult.

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