Heavy rain : School building collapses near Ullal

9:55 PM, Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Mangaluru : The rains that lashed the region on Monday resulted in collapse of a part of the dilapidated school in Kinya, near Ullal on night of Tuesday.

However, no casualty was reported since the incident took place at night time, said Prashanth Kumar KS, block education officer, South.

The incident was reported at Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Higher Primary School, Kinya. The school has 101 children studying from Class 1 to 8.

Kumar said that since the school building was dilapidated, it had been shut and was not being utilised for any activities.

On Monday night, out of five classrooms, two classrooms collapsed and the rest were partially damaged. “As a precautionary safety measure, the entire building area is cordoned off and will be demolished on Wednesday after an inspection from engineers,” he added.

He added that currently, the school has four classrooms and construction of two more classrooms is in progress. “Since there are not enough classrooms available, three classes have been shifted to nearby Madrasa. It will be shifted back to the school campus once the construction is over,” said Kumar.

Meanwhile, villagers and SDMC members alleged that they had demanded for complete demolition of the dilapidated building. However, the officials were not keen on doing so. “Luckily, the building collapsed at night or else it would have been a disaster if it took place when children were on campus,” commented locals.

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