Guyana: Massive fire in school dormitory kills 20, probe on
Georgetown (Guyana), May 22: A massive fire in a school dormitory killed at least 20 people in Guyana, the government said in a statement.
The incident took place on Sunday and the nation's president called it a "major disaster."
"This is a major disaster. It is horrible, it is painful," the South American nation's President Irfaan Ali said.
The death count had jumped to 20, with several persons injured in the fire at the Mahdia Secondary School in central Guyana, according to a government statement.
Ali stated that he had directed that arrangements be made in the capital's two largest hospitals "so that every single child who requires attention be given the best possible opportunity to get that attention."
Due to severe rainfall, private and military planes have been dispatched to Mahdia, which is located roughly 200 kilometres (124 miles) south of Georgetown.
Natasha Singh-Lewis, an opposition MP, demanded an investigation into the cause of the fire.
"We need to understand how this most horrific and deadly incident occurred and take all necessary measures to prevent such a tragedy from happening again," she stated.
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- With inputs from agencies