NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 23 – At least seven pupils were confirmed dead after a class collapsed at Precious Talent Top school in Kawangware, in Nairobi on Monday morning.
Six died at a local Catholic dispensary where they had been rushed for treatment, while the seventh body was pulled out of the rubble.
“We have lost seven children in this tragedy,” said Cyrus Oguna, the Government Spokesman who spoke to journalists at the scene, “57 others have been taken to various hospitals.”
Moses Wainaina, the proprietor of the school blamed the incident on the construction of a sewer line nearby.
“A sewer line was under construction just next to the school and that is what we suspect may have caused this tragedy,” he said, even as parents and locals there accused the management of negligence, saying the classroom structure was weak.
It was made up of concrete and iron sheets and timber, with one section raised to make a one-story structure.
Seven pupils dead, several injured after a classroom collapsed at Previous Talent Academy in Dagoretti. pic.twitter.com/7CROPaLD2P
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Rescue efforts were cordinated by the St John’s ambulance and Kenya Red Cross volunteers with the help of locals.
Affected parents at the scene told of how they dropped their children to school only to hear screams.
“It happened within five minutes after I dropped my daughter to school, there were screams all over and when I ran back I found them being taken out, it was a very bad incident,” said, James Karanja, whose son survived with injuries.