Heavy rains destroy school in Rwamagana

Rwamagana - Heavy rains destroyed 13 classrooms at Rwamagana Protestant Primary school, leaving at least 500 school children in the cold. Six of them suffered minor injuries, while more than 20 were left traumatised and are undergoing treatment at Rwamagana Hospital.
The demolished school in Rwamagana. The school will have to suspend studies to make way for repair work (Photo S Rwembeho)
The demolished school in Rwamagana. The school will have to suspend studies to make way for repair work (Photo S Rwembeho)

Rwamagana - Heavy rains destroyed 13 classrooms at Rwamagana Protestant Primary school, leaving at least 500 school children in the cold.

Six of them suffered minor injuries, while more than 20 were left traumatised and are undergoing treatment at Rwamagana Hospital.

Valentine Rukundo, a computer science teacher at a neighbouring school, said the heavy rains lasted three hours, before blowing off the roofs of the primary school.

“The children were very lucky considering the magnitude of the destruction and injuries they suffered. Many of them were injured in a stampede,” she said.

Dr. Avit Mutagazwa, who is treating the children, said that there were no serious injuries.

The doctor also  told The New Times that three adults were hospitalised on the same day after their houses collapsed on them.

Pio Ruganintwari, the head teacher, said the school authorities are in touch with local leaders and the Board of Governors, to assess the damage.

Rwamagana Protestant Primary school was built during the early 1980s.

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