Haiti : Deadly school collapse in Haiti

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  1. soulosophy

    soulosophy Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A school has collapsed in a suburb of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, killing at least 10 people and trapping an unknown number in rubble.

    Emergency services are working to free people from the wreckage of the school in Petionville, where some 700 children are educated.

    At least 20 people have been brought to hospital, some seriously injured.

    Relatives of pupils missing inside the three-storey building were crying and screaming outside, Reuters reports.

    The school, La Promesse College, is located in Petionville, described by The Associated Press as "a relatively affluent suburb" of the capital.

    The site contains a kindergarten as well as a primary and secondary school.

    While there was no official comment on the possible cause of the collapse, reports say that the upper floor of the school was still under construction.

    'Like an earthquake'

    (Read more) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7716516.stm
     
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    This is so sad! All those children!:crying:

    They didn't know how dangerous it was?
    I mean, the knew they had construction
    problems within, why didn't they just close
    the school until the repairs were done?

    I guess like many of us, it was a risk
    they were willing to take. :SuN045:
     
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    Zulile Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    why are schools open?

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    I believe the first official "back to school day" was just yesterday.. schools/buildings have been severaly damaged by the hurricane and continious storms over the last several weeks.. not fit to hold students. grrrrr

    Oct 3rd Article here
    "The devastation was so thorough and widespread that the start of school was delayed by a month throughout the country."

    “We have about 200 schools to clean, about 100 to rehabilitate and over 20 to rebuild entirely,”

    "There are schools that were spared the mudflow, but they are now full of displaced people. An estimated 65,000 people are still using public buildings as shelter. City authorities are working on alternatives to relocate the displaced, but after three weeks of human habitation in close quarters with minimal facilities, these schoolrooms need more than a move-out date to be fit for incoming students."
     
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