Hail­storm de­stroys roofs at Chin­sali schools

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

A HAIL­STORM has de­stroyed roofs of five class­room blocks at Mishishi pri­mary and se­condary schools in Nkakula ward in Chin­sali the Mayor Mr Thomas Mu­tale con­firmed yes­ter­day.

Mr Mu­tale said in an in­ter­view that the roofs of the five class­room blocks were blown off last Wed­nes­day by a huge hail storm which re­lent­lessly bat­tered the school struc­tures for about an hour.

He said of­fice doc­u­ments and pupil’s end of term ex­am­i­na­tion pa­pers were soaked in the hail storm which started around 16.00 hours.

The two schools, with more than 500 pupils, were in a bad state and were con­duct­ing classes in the open, he said.

‘‘For­tu­nately, none of the pupils was in­jured as most of them had al­ready left the school premises while the few re­main­ing pupils man­aged to run for their lives,’’ Mr Mu­tale said.

He ap­pealed Gov­ern­ment to in­ter­vene and re­place the blown off roofs to avoid the build­ing struc­tures from be­ing dam­aged by the rains.

Mr Mu­tale said the storm also blew off the roof of a 1 x 3 class room block at Chin­sali Day Se­condary School and the roof of a teach­ers’ house at Nkula Pri­mary School.

‘‘The storm ex­pe­ri­enced in Chin­sali did not stop at de­stroy­ing class­room blocks at Mishishi pri­mary and se­condary schools but also a 1 by 3 class­room block at Chin­sali Day Se­condary School, a staff house at Nkula Pri­mary School and sev­eral other struc­tures,” Mr Mu­tale said.

Mean­while, Chin­sali Cen­tral Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Kalalwe Mukosa said he was sad­dened by the dis­as­ter which hap­pened when Gov­ern­ment was work­ing tire­lessly to im­prove school in­fra­struc­ture.

‘‘I am sad­dened by the devel­op­ment be­cause it has hap­pened at a time we are try­ing to work hard to at­tend to other schools that have been blown off in the past.

There­fore, it is a ter­ri­ble dis­as­ter for the peo­ple of Chin­sali, we shall do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­gage rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties so that the ef­fects of this dis­as­ter can be mit­i­gated,’’ Mr Mukosa said

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