A fire at a school dormitory in Guyana has killed 20 people and injured several others, according to a statement released Monday by the Department of Public Information.
The statement read, “It is with great sadness that we bring to you a heart-wrenching update about the Mahdia High School hostel fire. We have lost many beautiful souls in that fire. The death toll is currently at 20, while others have been injured.”
The statement did not specify whether the deceased were students, teachers or other staff members.
The Department of Public Information stated that “at this time, seven children are prepared to be taken by helicopter to Georgetown.”
According to the Department of Public Information, five aircraft have been dispatched to Mahdia to support regional health authorities with additional medical supplies and medivacs.
The Prime Minister of Guyana, Brigadier Mark Anthony Phillips, is in Madhya, located in the center of the country, with a team of ministers and officials, along with Minister Ben, who heads the Home Office.
“The president and other officials are supporting efforts at Ogle to receive critical patients and coordinate an emergency action plan. A full-scale medical emergency action plan has been put in place,” the statement said.
Earlier, the Guyana government announced it was preparing a “large-scale medical evacuation response” after a fire broke out at a high school dormitory in the center of the country, the government announced on Monday.
“The exercise is being severely hampered by bad weather and cloudy skies,” the statement said.
The Mahdia Secondary School hostel, where the fire broke out, is at the center of the Guyana government’s efforts to improve the standard of education in the less developed part of the country. In previous government statements, they describe the construction of the school dormitory as an attempt to “bridge the gap between the interior and the coastal areas”.