Rural roads buried under snow

Sulaymaniyah schools authorized to close amid winter snowstorm

SULAYMANIYAH — Following a snowstorm that hit Sulaymaniyah late Tuesday, the General Directorate of Education has authorized local education authorities in rural areas to close schools if weather conditions pose a safety risk.

The announcement, made on Wednesday morning, allowed heads of educational departments and administrative units to declare school holidays due to transportation difficulties caused by the snowfall.

“This decision is made in the interest of protecting the safety and well-being of students, teachers, and staff amid strong winds and heavy snowfall,” the directorate stated.

Meanwhile, in Sulaymaniyah’s Qaradagh district, all government institutions and schools were officially closed due to the significant snowfall. Raouf Kamal, the district’s qaymaqam, told 964media that the decision was made in light of challenges created by the storm, particularly the impact on transportation.

“To ensure the safety of employees, students, and the general public, authorities have declared an official holiday for the day across all departments and educational institutions within the district,” he added.

Road maintenance teams were actively working to clear snow-covered roads and villages, where snow depths reached approximately 20 centimeters. However, the main roads, especially those leading to mountainous areas, remained in poor condition for travel.

Heavy snowfall hits Kurdistan Region's mountainous areas

Heavy snowfall hits Kurdistan Region's mountainous areas

Snowfall anticipated in multiple Kurdistan areas

Snowfall anticipated in multiple Kurdistan areas

Video: Picnic in the snow, melodies echo on mount Hassan Beg

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