ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Tamil Nadu : Avoidable Tragedy

Avoidable Tragedy At last count 87 school children lost their lives and several more are desperately battling for their lives in hospitals. In 1964 several lives were lost after a two-storey school building collapsed in Madurai. Soon after the accident in 1964, the then chief minister had assured the state legislators that building rules would be made stringent to prevent any such incident in the future. Permissions for new buildings too would be sanctioned only after an escape route had been provided. Now 40 years later as fire raged in the Saraswathi English-medium School in Kumbakonum, fire-fighting operations were hampered by the lack of access to the three-storey school building, which was located between two residential buildings and had only one entrance and a single flight of stairs. Reports indicate that the fire began in the kitchen which had a roof thatched with coconut fronds and spread to the school

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