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Rushing downstairs at end of school, 14 Kenyan children killed in stampede

Rushing downstairs at end of school, 14 Kenyan children killed in stampede”

Some pupils who survived the stampede at Kakamega Primary School, western Kenya, have claimed that a teacher was chasing them to leave the institution after classes in the evening.

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.

Kenya Red Cross said on Twitter that it was setting up psychological support services, as well as a "tracing desk" to help relatives locate potentially affected students.

According to one of the pupils, the stampede happened after one of them tried to block a group that was going down the stairs on the third floor.

They included Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Lurambi Member of Parliament Titus Khamala and County Commissioner Pauline Dola.

It is unclear what caused the tragedy, but an investigation has been launched.

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Also on the social media platform, Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga sent a condolence message in which he described the incident as "unfortunate and regrettable".

At least 39 pupils "were seriously wounded" at Kakamega Primary School on Monday, the Daily Nation newspaper reported.

The school has over 3,000 students with the headteacher, Dickson Wanyangu reportedly absent from the school at the time of the tragic accident.

The institutions had substandard structures.

In 2016, nine students were killed by a fire at a girls' high school in the Kibera neighbourhood of Kenya's capital Nairobi.

Parents accused the Ministry of Education of laxity in addressing such incidents.



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