Seven Students Hospitalized After Whirlwind Ripped Off Classroom Roofs
The roofs of two classrooms at Oldonyonyokie Girls Secondary School in Kajiado West sub county were blown off by swirling winds on Monday afternoon, resulting in the admission of seven injured students to a hospital.
According to Grace Kimani, the school’s principal, the roofs of form three and four classrooms were blown off at approximately 3 p.m., when pupils were in class.
31 kids and one teacher sustained injuries and were brought to Magadi Health Centre in Magadi Town, where 24 pupils and the teacher were treated and released.
On Tuesday morning, seven kids were admitted to the institution, and one was subsequently moved to Kenyatta National hospital.
“Two students sustained serious injuries, one student is immobile and has been transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital for specialised medication. Other students still admitted are in stable condition,” Ms Kimani told the Nation.
She reported that the crisis has been confined within the school, and classes have resumed.
Due to the continuing drought, only 115 students were present at the time of the occurrence out of a total population of 142.
Due to the prolonged drought, most pupils in the region are skipping lessons. She stated that a substantial number of students were absent during the incident.
According to a teacher who was present at the time of the occurrence, the whirlwind produced billowing dust, tore off the roof, and brought down a portion of the wall, resulting in injuries to pupils.
“It happened in a few seconds and the entire compound was filled by students screaming for safety under the thick dust blanket all over the compound,” said the teacher.
These winds, known as Osiwuo or Orkutati in the local Maasai dialect, are prevalent throughout the dry season, particularly in hilly regions.
Schoolgirls who drowned in the Tharaka Nithi are buried with grief.
It was a sad day in Rukurini village, Tharaka constituency, as the bodies of three primary school students who drowned in the Kathita River a week earlier were interred.
Two of the girls were in the sixth grade at Kiorimba Primary and one was in the third grade at Rwatha Primary.
The three girls were accompanied by their mothers when they left their houses.
As their mothers paused to converse with other women leaving church, the girls hurried to the river to swim, but tragically drowned.
Parents, teachers, and locals described how the tragic event deprived them of intelligent, disciplined children with a bright future.
The 15-year-old, 12-year-old, and 11-year-old girls’ Kiorimba and Rwatha classmates described in agony how they had lost close friends, classmates, and playmates.
Susan Ngugi, the woman representative for Tharaka Nithi, and Gitonga Kithuka, the ward representative for Nkondi, condemned an upsurge in drownings in the region over the past two months despite low river levels.
Ms. Ngugi lamented that eight students had drowned in rivers in the Tharaka constituency alone in the past month.
Five girls and three boys have drowned in the Tharaka constituency in the past month, according to Ms. Ngugi.
She recommended parents to keep their children away from rivers or to accompany them when fetching water or doing laundry.
Mr. Kithuka also encouraged the locals to be cautious following the rain, as the rivers will be flooded.
To prevent further deaths, he urged the government to provide piped water to the locals so that they would not have to collect water from rivers.
Two 13-year-old Standard Seven and Standard Six girls perished in the Kithino River in Chiakariga two weeks ago.
Three students from Gakuyu Primary in Kirukuma Sub-Location in Tharaka South, ages 13, 12, and 10, drowned in the Kathita River four weeks ago.
The students had traveled several kilometers to the Gituma Sub-Location in search of water to launder their school clothes.