Twenty School children have died after their classrooms caught fire in Niger’s capital, Niamey.
The school located in the Pays Bas area has a population of 800 students. According to Reuters, the cause of the fire which started around the entrance of the school is yet to be established.
Twenty-one classrooms built with straw were gutted by the fire, effectively trapping some students who did not have an alternative escape route.
“Without an emergency exit, many were trapped and students were forced to scale the wall to escape. Those that died were mostly children in the preschool,” Reuters quoted a teachers’ union official, Mounkaila Halidou, as saying.
Prime Minister of Niger Republic, Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou has however embarked on a condolence visit to the school to offer his respect to the children’s parents.
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