32 Students Wounded In Roof Cave-In
Thirty-two school students and a teacher were injured on Tuesday when the roof of their classroom collapsed in the Kork area on the outskirts of the capital of Sar-i-Pul province.
Sar-i-Pul Civil Hospital official Dr Niamatullah Yaldash confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News receiving 32 wounded students, aged between 6 and 7 years. Up to 50 students were in the classroom when the roof caved in.
At least four of the students were in critical condition, Dr. Yaldash said, adding that only hard plaster of the ceiling had fallen on the children.
Education Director Abdur Rauf confirmed the incident and said 31 students and a teacher were wounded in the incident. The building was constructed four years ago under the National Solidarity Programme.
A year ago, a room of the school collapsed at night. The director accused the provincial development council of negligence in overseeing the construction of the school building.
But development council head, Saifur Rahman rejected the allegation and said it was education department engineers’ responsibility to supervise the construction process.
A resident of the village, Painda Mohammad whose five children were wounded, also criticised the education department. He recalled a room had already collapsed but education officials did not take the threat seriously