Many Children Killed In School Fire In Guyana
Many children are feared dead in a fire in the central Guyanese mining town of Mahdia.
The fire broke out just after midnight on Monday, engulfing a school dormitory and trapping students.
Emergency services are struggling to contain the fire because of bad weather conditions.
One report gave a death toll of at least 20.
However, An emergency centre has been set up in the capital, Georgetown, to treat critically injured survivors.
All efforts are being made to have a full-scale medical evacuation-supported response.
This is a major disaster. It is horrible, it is painful,” said Guyanese President Irfaan Ali
Mr Ali was quoted by AFP as saying as well as medical teams stationed at the airport, Georgetown’s two major hospitals would be prepared too.
This is so that every single child who requires attention be given the best possible opportunity to get that attention”.
Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn is at the scene of the disaster, and the prime minister and other government officials are on their way there.
“It is with heavy heart and pain that the Cabinet is being briefed and kept updated on a horrific fire at the dormitory in Mahdia.
Furthermore, All efforts are being made to have a full-scale medical evacuation-supported response,” the government’s Department of Public Information said in a statement.
However, Guyana is located between Venezuela and Suriname on the northern coast of South America.