A collapsed classroom killed seven children and injured a further 57 in Kenya’s capital Nairobi early on Monday morning, Cyrus Oguna, Kenya’s government spokesman said.
Local television showed pictures Red Cross workers sifting through the wreckage at Precious Talent School, and carrying white bodybags into an ambulance.
The wooden structure at Precious Talent Top School collapsed just minutes after the start of the school day on Monday.
“So far we can confirm that we have seven fatalities and 57 others are in hospital,” a government spokesman told reporters outside the school in Dagoretti.
The school’s director, Moses Ndirangu, has blamed the collapse on the construction of a nearby sewer pipe which he says may have weakened the foundations of the building.
The Kenya Red Cross has transferred some children to the Kenyatta National Hospital. The government has opened an investigation into the cause of the accident.