February 27, 2024

At least 20 girls were killed in a fire in the student residence

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Twenty high school studentsin Mahdia, central Guyana, died after A devastating fire destroyed the women’s dormitory where they were sleeping.

In a press release, the Guyanese government confirmed the tragedy and expressed its solidarity, saying, “We lost many beautiful souls in that fire. The death toll is currently 20, while many more have been injured.”

According to local newspapers, five planes flew towards Mahdia, Mining city in the center of the country, located in northern Brazil, to support the regional authorities with medical supplies. Seven children were evacuated to Georgetown, the country’s capital, 320 km away.

According to the President of Guyana, Irfan Ali, the death toll is still rising. The fire was supposed to start between 11pm and midnight, on Sunday (21st), and quickly consumed the wooden building that housed the high school girls. When the community fire department arrived on the scene, there wasn’t much that could be done.

Mainly serving the school Indigenous youth between the ages of 12 and 18, according to the local government. Also according to the press, It is too early to determine the cause of the fire. And caused strong storms in the region to hinder the work of the rescue forces.

The Stabroek News in Guyana reported that the fire started in a female dormitory. The tragedy of Mahdia, the causes of which have not yet been determined. Brings to mind another sad fact, the Flamingo residence fire known as Ninho do Urubu, in 2019when the fire claimed the lives of 10 boys from the Flamingo base who were sleeping there.

investigation

Guyanese opposition MP Natasha Singh-Lewis He called for a thorough investigation. “We need to understand how this most egregious and deadly incident occurred, and take all necessary steps to prevent this tragedy from happening again in the future,” said Lois Singh, noting that it is a sad day for the country.

The Cooperative Republic of Guyana, with a population of 800,000, is a former British colony located in northern South America. borders with Brazil (Roraima and Para).