Seven pupils killed as school collapses in Dagoretti

by David Karani

Seven pupils have been confirmed dead and several others injured after a wall collapsed on them at Precious Talent Academy in Ng’ando area along Ngong Road.

The tragic event happened at around 6.45 am when the students were preparing to commence their studies.Dozens of pupils are still trapped in the rubble.

The Nairobi County Fire Engine Department, St John’s Ambulance and Red Cross are at the scene working with the locals.

Majority of the injuries sustained by the pupils are cuts and fractures.The Permanent Secretary of Education, Belio Kipsang, was among the first government officials to arrive at the scene and is expected to address the press.

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 a few minutes to 7.00 am.

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.

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.

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