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Indian floods damage Arup Associates’ school

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Arup Associates’ award-winning Druk White Lotus School in northern India has been damaged by Himalayan flash floods

Located at Shey in the North Indian mountain valley of Ladakh, the school (pictured) was forced to close following heavy downpours and mudslides.

200 of the school’s boarders were evacuated to nearby structures in Shey. Arup’s Ladakh-based volunteer, Anokhee Shah, assisted staff with the evacuation and clean-up operation.

The high-altitude structure survived the deluge unscathed but experts warn that the internal walls and floors must be replaced. The school and practice have issued a plea for help from the profession.

Meanwhile back in London a Druk White Lotus School ‘support team’ featuring Arup Associates’ designers is working to mobilise medical assistance and disaster relief expertise.

In 2009, the project won the British Council for School Environment Award for ‘The most inspiring building globally’.Older students could return to the building this week, with younger children returning later.

Donate to the disaster appeal at the Druk White Lotus School website

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