Pupils at Chifulube basic School in Luanshya’s Kankwiba resettlement scheme this morning escaped death when a 2×1 classroom block collapsed following heavy rains.
The over 15 years old classroom block made out of mud bricks gave in to the rains around 10: 00 hours while a teaching session was in progress.
Kankwiba resettlement scheme Chairman, Godfrey Ndalima told ZANIS in Luanshya
today that the classroom walls on the left side of the building fell outwards while the pupils were in class.
He described the situation as near fatal saying it would have resulted in loss of life if the collapsed wall fell inside though the pupils escaped unhurt.
Mr Ndalima said various school properties including building materials such as window panes was lost in the other part of the classroom block that was being used as a store room.
He has since appealed to government through the provincial administration to come to the aid of the school and enhance the expedient construction of the 3×1 classroom blocks that government embarked on in 2004.
He said so far, only one classroom block was completed and that all pupils from grades 1 to7 would now have to be accommodated in the three classrooms which is a 1×3 building block.
Mr Ndalima added that until now, the fallen building was accommodating pupils from grades one to three.
Luanshya district has been experiencing heavy rains this season and has recorded a number of incidences where buildings have had their roofs blown off and walls collapse resulting in loss of property.