It has been reported that at least seven children have died after a classroom collapsed at a primary school in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
The school, Precious Talent Top School which is majorly made up of wood collapsed just minutes after the start of the school day on Monday.
More than a dozen people were injured and have been taken to hospital in the city as emergency services were seen at the scene.
“So far we can confirm that we have seven fatalities and 57 others are in hospital,” a government spokesman told reporters outside the school in Dagoretti.
The director of the school, Moses Ndirangu, has blamed the collapse on the construction of a nearby sewer pipe which he says may have weakened the foundations of the building.The first floor of the building collapsed and trapped the children below, local politician John Kiarie said and the Kenya Red Cross has transferred some children to the Kenyatta National Hospital.
“I had just dropped my son to school and heard screams on my way back,” Margaret Muthoni, whose four-year-old son was injured, “I am just lucky my son survived,” she added.
The National government has opened an investigation into the cause of the accident.