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Guyana: Secondary school dormitory burns down, authorities estimate 19 victims



The fire-damaged school draws students from mountain towns such as Chenapau, Kalispal, Miccoby and El Paso. Activists accused the students of being “burnt in a death trap” to death.

Due to the fire that destroyed the dormitory, Mahdia Secondary School Nineteen children died on Monday, six in critical condition.

This property is located 161 kilometers southwest of Georgetown, the capital of Guyana.

Officials estimated the death toll at 20 in the first hours of the day, but the Guyana Fire Department investigated and provided new data.

Among those who died The school has 18 female students and one five-year-old male student. , he was identified as the son of one of the center’s custodians. In addition, six girls were airlifted to hospital due to the extent of their injuries.

In this regard, the Medical Officer of the Burns Department: Georgetown Public Hospital Vikkita Nandan told reporters the girls were battling life-threatening burns.

Students from various towns occupied the dormitory.

According to officials, approximately 57 children were accommodated in the dormitory . Students were from mountain towns such as Chenapau, Kalispal, Mikobee, and El Paso.

A memo from firefighters said, “Our team is continuing to investigate the scene to establish the circumstances of the fire and all other necessary information,” adding that relatives of the victims were not involved. expressed condolences to


Carla Burnett, Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), of which Guyana is also a member, said: “I extend my deepest condolences to the Government and people of Guyana.”

According to local media, among those killed in the fire were: I have two sisters aged 15 and 13 and four cousins ​​aged 12-18. .

“We wish a speedy recovery to those injured and affected, and offer assistance to CARICOM Member States. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this unimaginable loss.” Barnett added in a statement.

“We need compensation. We need justice.”

he Prime Minister Mark Phillips Accompanied by Superintendent of Education Priya Manikchand and Interior Ministry’s Robson Benn, they would have begun visiting affected students and their families.

again, Guyanese President Irrfan Ali Describing what happened as “horrifying”, he assured that “every effort is being made to provide massive reinforcements and an evacuation medical response”.

However, the government’s response was not enough for the indigenous people of Chenapau village.

I need compensation. We need justice.” At least 60 men and women sang in front of Chenapau Elementary School, where many students from Mahdia High School attend.

Michael McGarrel An American Indian rights activist, he appealed for support and concern for families of victims and survivors living in remote areas.

In addition to the above, activists who lost two relatives in the fire and three others are hospitalized, He accused the children of being “burned in deadly traps” to death. .

Source: Biobiochile

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