Update: Seven school kids killed in Kenyan classroom collapse

Several school kids trapped under collapsed classroom in Nairobi

Seven pupils have died after a classroom collapsed in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

Police commander George Seda and the area’s MP, John Kiarie, confirmed the death toll after the structure at Precious Talent School – made of wood and corrugated iron sheet – collapsed on Monday morning.

The school’s manager, Moses Wainaina Ndirangu, told Kenya’s Citizen TV that the structure had been weakened by the construction of a nearby sewer.

He said around 800 pupils attended the school, but only 20 could be accounted for in an emergency roll call after the incident.

Most pupils had ran into the neighbourhood of Dagoretti, in the west of the city, after the collapse, he said.

A senior official in the education ministry, Belio Kipsang, has arrived at the scene.

Several school kids tcollapsed classroom in Nairobi

A Kenyan blogger, who has been tweeting photos from the scene, says the rescuers have had difficulty getting to the school because crowds have gathered nearby.

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