Three Classrooms blown off by strong winds
At least 120 pupils of Nzuwii primary School in Kibwezi East Sub County missed death narrowly when the roofs to their classrooms were blown off by strong winds.
The Thursday 3.20pm incident occurred when the pupils were being taught the last lesson by their teachers who prevailed against them running out of class.
It is estimated that property worth sh. 2.4 million was destroyed that includes textbooks and a green house constructed at the school by the county government of Makueni.
“The incident occurred when heavy rains accompanied with strong winds pounded the area as the pupils were in class. The teachers for class 3, 4 and 5 prevailed on them not to run out of class hence no injuries were reported,” said the Kibwezi East Sub County Director of Education, Kennedy Machora Mishaeri on the telephone.
While appealing for quick government intervention, Mishaeri revealed that they were holding a meeting with the school board to see how to mitigate the problem.
“Standard 3 and 4, 5 and 6 have been combined to be a short term measure as they look for a way of constructing the roofs,” observed the sub county director education officer.
Meanwhile five roofs of five houses were blown off and property of unknown value destroyed in Nzambani location in Mtito Andei location after heavy rains and strong winds hit the area.
The Kibwezi East Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Patrick Murira confirmed the incident that occurred on Thursday evening just next to Nzuwii primary school saying no injuries were reported.
“We have assisted the affected people with food and none food items and were assessing the situation,” posed Murira on the telephone.
Murira disclosed that a bridge along the Kibwezi-Kitui road has been washed away by the heavy rains that have pounded the area.
“Security team and officials from the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) have visited the site and the bridge will be restored soon,” said the Deputy county commissioner.
By Patrick Nyakundi