July 11, 2012

Seven Kids die in Odisha, as Anganwadi Wall Collapses

At least seven children died when the Anganwadi Wall collapsed in Odisha's Ranpur town in Nayagarh district. The injured kids were admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and Sum Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

The children were having the mid-day meals in their classroom at around 10:45 AM yesterday when the incident occurred. The school was identified as Nelia Upper Primary School at Suansia Sahi in Ranpur.

All kids were in the age group of three to six. The walls of the makeshift Anganwadi centre were too weak to handle the monsoon pressure. It's really appalling that the centre was allowed to operate from a 60-year-old dilapidated building.

The incident triggered tension and resentment in the area. The locals had staged a protest and road blockade yesterday. The police had to resort to lathicharge to disperse the angry mob. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs one lakh each to the families of the deceased and free medical treatment for the injured.

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