14 pupils killed in Kenya school stampede

Cheryl Sanders
February 4, 2020

At least 14 children have died and dozens of others have been injured in a crush at a primary school in Kenya, officials said.

At least 39 more pupils were seriously wounded in the incident at the Kakamega Primary School, according to the Daily Nation newspaper, citing Western Region Police Commander Peris Kimani.

Education CS George Magoha has sent a message of condolences to families, relatives & friends of the pupils who lost their lives, with his PS Belio Kipsang reportedly on his way to the site.

Some of the witnesses at the scene of the awful stampede claimed that some of the students fell from the third floor of the building as they ran out of class. "It's a three-story building, it's a classroom block".

Grieving parents of the pupils who died during the stampede on Tuesday morning gathered at the Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary to identify their bodies.

Red Cross staff were responding to the incident.

In a statement on Twitter, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga called for a thorough probe into the tragedy.

"I wish quick recovery to the injured children and pray that God grants strength to the affected families", he said.

The tragedy comes just two days after 20 people were killed in a stampede at an open-air evangelical Christian church service over the border in Tanzania. Following the stampede, parents and relatives converged at the school seeking to know the whereabouts of their children, only for some to find out that some were among the dead.

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