7 students killed in classroom collapse in Kenya

Search and rescue efforts at the Precious Top Talents School, in Nairobi, Kenya. Image Courtesy of Kenya Red Cross

At least seven students have been confirmed dead following a classroom collapse in Nairobi, Kenya.

Residents look on following the collapse of a classroom at the Precious Talents Top School in Nairobi, Kenya

Several other students at the Precious Talent Top School were rushed to hospitals across the capital with varying degrees of injuries.

Some 17 pupils have been admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Police commander George Seda confirmed the death toll after the school, made of wood and corrugated iron sheet, collapsed on Monday morning.

Kenyan newspaper the Daily Nation reports that the school managers could not estimate the number of pupils who were in class when the building came tumbling down at 6.50am.

The classes that collapsed were housing the junior primary pupils but the most affected are those in Standard Six, Seven and Eight on the ground floor, who were trapped in rubble.

The Kenya Red Cross had earlier in the morning confirmed the incident.

government spokesman Cyrus Oguna confirmed that 57 students had been injured following the classroom collapse.

“There have been 57 students that have been taken to hospital for treatment, and we can also confirm that there have been seven fatalities,” Oguna said from the scene.