At least 13 children killed in Kenya school stampede

  • At least 13 children killed in Kenya school stampede

At least 13 children killed in Kenya school stampede

At least 13 students have been killed and dozens wounded in a stampede at a primary school in western Kenya, according to local media reports.

Fourteen children have been killed in a stampede while rushing down a staircase at a primary school in western Kenya.

Images broadcast by local media showed parents gathered in front of the emergency ward of a hospital in the town, waiting for news of their children.

Kakamega Central police Chief David Kabena said they have launched an investigation on the cause of the tragedy.

Education CS George Magoha has sent a message of condolences to families, relatives & friends of the pupils who lost their lives, with his PS Belio Kipsang reportedly on his way to the site. "One life (lost) is a life too many".

One of the children's mothers blamed the teachers.

Some of the witnesses at the scene of the awful stampede claimed that some of the students fell from the third floor of the building as they ran out of class.

Corporal punishment is banned in Kenya.

Kabena told journalists that the stampede happened as the pupils of class 5 were leaving the classroom located on the top floor of a three-story building.

Survivors of a stampede at Kakamega Primary School receiving treatment at the Kakamega Teaching and Referral Hospital on February 3, 2020.

"Our prayers, love and thoughts to the families and relatives of the victims of the misfortune".

The Red Cross said 39 students had been admitted to hospital.

The tragedy comes after a stampede at an outdoor Pentecostal service in neighbouring Tanzania killed 20 people on Saturday.