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18 girls injured in school collapse in North Darfur camp

September 18 - 2015 EL FASHER / BINDISI
Schoolgirls in a classroom in Darfur (file photo)
Schoolgirls in a classroom in Darfur (file photo)

Eighteen girls were wounded when a school building collapsed in a camp for displaced people near El Fasher in North Darfur on Wednesday. Heavy rainfall and wind caused the roof to collapse, which also happened to several schools in Bindisi locality in Central Darfur.

A witness reported to Radio Dabanga that 28 girls in the seventh grade were attending class at the basic school 'El Salam' in Abu Shouk camp when the roof crashed down. 18 of them were injured, including six girls who sustained critical injuries. All of the wounded were transferred to the academic hospital in El Fasher city.

In Bindisi locality, the parents of pupils and students have complained about the closed school buildings that were damaged by heavy rains and strong winds in the region. They are supposed to open their doors in October, parents told Radio Dabanga, as they called upon the local authorities to repair the buildings.

A teacher told Radio Dabanga that the eleven schools in the Central Darfur locality are built from local materials such as straw and brooch. The roofs could not withstand the recent rainfall and collapsed. Some of the buildings were destroyed completely.

The teacher said that six of them are basic schools while the other five are high secondary schools.

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