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Bell rings, pupils run out, 14 die in stampede at Kakamega Primary

Kakamega primary stampede: Fourteen pupils died on Monday while at least 38 were seriously wounded in a stampede that occurred at Kakamega Primary School on Monday.

Kakamega Central police commander David Kabena confirmed the incident.

Reports indicated that the students were running out of class at 5pm when the tragedy occurred.

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Some pupils said a teacher, who was behind the pupils, ordered them to leave quickly and they started running down the stairs. The pupils in front stumbled and fell and those behind also tripped. The staircase is narrow. It was said that some fell from the third floor of the building.

Responders including police and personnel from the Kenya Red Cross Society went to the school to offer emergency services.

Kakamega County Referral Hospital has made an appeal for blood donations.

The stampede at the narrow staircase was made worse when other pupils responded to the screams of their colleagues, pushing and shoving each other and in the process falling over each another.

“I was going downstairs after classes when I heard some boys behind me playfully push each other. It is something they often do. In no time however, a commotion ensued and some of those who were on the staircase fell off others. I lost my footing when pushed and other students fell on top of me.

“I remained pinned down until help came from boda boda operators nearby. I was hurt on the leg but was lucky to have been taken to a nearby clinic where I was treated and discharged. There was no teacher beating students as had been alleged,” said Alphaville Keng’ore,a Grade 5 pupil.

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