Three 10-year-old students were killed and 15 other students and a teacher were injured when the roof and walls of a classroom caved in on them at a zilla parishad (ZP) school at Nimbodi village, around 6km from Ahmednagar city, on Monday evening. Two of the injured children are critical.
The deceased have been identified as Shreyas Rahane, Sumeet Bhingardive and Vaishali Pote, all residents of Nimbodi.
It has been raining heavily in Ahmednagar and its adjoining areas for the last two days.The school building, which was constructed about 20 years ago, was damp due to the rains.
Following the incident, state education minister Vinod Tawde called for a structural audit of all school buildings in the state.
Sub-inspector Sanjay Kawade of the Bhingar police station told TOI that the single storey building collapsed around 5pm, just 10 minutes before the final school bell could ring. “The students and the teacher, Leena Patil, were trapped under the debris. Villagers, the police and Army personnel rushed to the spot to pull out the dead and injured. Earthmovers were pressed into service in the evening to clear the debris.Rescue operations were going on till late at night,” he added.
An official from the education department of the Ahmednagar ZP said on condition of anonymity said that the financial grant for the school building was announced in 1978 and the construction was completed in1998-99. “The building had brick walls and an RCC roof. No structural audit of the building has been conducted in the last 20 years,”.
TOI quoted Deputy director of education Dinkar Temkar saying “Education officers will send a complete report about the collapse to the CEO of the Ahmednagar ZP on Tuesday .”
Source: The Times of India