Friday, 26 April 2013

Examination hall collapses in Taraba State, Nigeria, three students killed

Three college students were killed and more than 200 others were injured after an examination hall, where they were taking the West African Examination Council (WAEC) exam, collapsed, a senior government official said Friday.

The incident occurred at about 6:38 p.m., local time on Thursday at a private secondary school at Mararaba, Donga Local Government in the northeast Taraba State, Chairman of Donga Local Government, Douglas Ndatse told GistMedia Nigeria.

Douglas said the storey building housing the examination hall carved in as the college students numbering over 500 were about to commence Biology Science exam.

A police source told GistMedia Nigeria that the students had barely been served their question papers for the day examination when the building suddenly collapsed.

A total of 560 candidates were writing WAEC in the school.

Some of the students were said to have complained of the building's cracks even before the commencement of their examinations.

Some of the injured persons who could not assess medical service at the community have been taken to the CRCN Hospital at Takum, a nearby town.

Hospital sources said 30 of the 200 injured students brought to the hospital were in critical condition, adding that some of them may be flown to Abuja and other Nigerian cities for better medical attention.

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