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Seven pupils dead, 59 injured after classroom collapses

Several pupils have been trapped in the classroom after it collapsed on Monday morning.

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• Red Cross and other teams are currently rescuing the pupils.

Red Cross officials carry away a body from the scene where seven pupils from Precious Talent School in Dagoretti, Nairobi County died on Monday, September 23, 2019.
Red Cross officials carry away a body from the scene where seven pupils from Precious Talent School in Dagoretti, Nairobi County died on Monday, September 23, 2019.
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Seven pupils have died after a classroom collapsed on them at the Precious Talent School in Nairobi.

St John's Ambulance Communications manager Fred Majiwa said the tragedy left 59 other pupils injured and admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

He said the two-storey building made of iron sheets and wood collapsed several minutes to 7.00 am.

Rubble seen at the school./GEORGE OWITI
Rubble seen at the school./GEORGE OWITI

According to him, the upper floor which was made of concrete caved in and collapsed on the pupils who were in the lower classes.

He said each floor was made up of four classrooms.

"Currently we can confirm that four pupils have succumbed to the injuries at a local dispensary, while two more have been retrieved from the rubble," Majiwa said.

Rescue operations ongoing at the school./GEORGE OWITI
Rescue operations ongoing at the school./GEORGE OWITI

He said currently the rescue teams have managed to comb through all the rubble but will give detailed information later.

Dagoretti South Police Commander said the school constructed using timber and iron sheet on top of an old building.

"The weight could not sustain the old construction. The situation is well contained as of now," he said.

As bodies were being removed from the rubble, parents who had reached the scene were seen wailing.

 
 

Wiping uncontrolled tears in their eyes, the parents held their heads as they registered their sadness to police.

Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna at the scene./GEORGE OWITI
Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna at the scene./GEORGE OWITI