The Star (Nairobi)

12 November 2012

Kenya: Wind Rips Off Classrooms, Health Centre

Seven classrooms and a health centre were destroyed by strong winds in Nandi South at the weekend. The winds accompanied by lightning and rain hit Chemase location.

About 400 pupils of Kamuny Primary School were left with only one class. The roofs were ripped off and the iron sheets flown for almost a Kilometre.

The school head-teacher Basion Indimuli said one child was injured during the late afternoon incident. During the heavy storm, an ultra-modern Kibisem Health centre which was constructed by the government through the Aldai constituency Development Fund (CDF) with an estimated cost of sh. 2.5M which was set for official opening was also destroyed.

Nandi south OCPD, Mrs. Waithera Kipsoi while confirming of the incident said only one pupil suffered mild injuries and was taken to the Nandi-Hills district hospital where he was treated and discharged.

The police boss appealed to members of school management committees and parents to plant trees within the institutions compounds to act as wind breaks and protect schools from unnecessary lose.

Indimuli, the head teacher said the school management board would hold a urgent meeting today (Monday) to map out strategies of reconstructing the school and appealed to Aldai constituency Development Fund committee to support them with emergency kitty.

Nandi south district education officer (DEO) Walter Sang said the incident will not affect KCPE candidates and that an alternative class would be used.

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