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Tension as Disaster Destroys a Whole School Disrupting Learning Leading to Its Indefinite Closure

Property worth millions has been destroyed after a strong wind brew buildings and classrooms in Juluk Primary School in Turkana County.

Juluk Mixed Boarding Primary School is in Turkana North Constituency. This school was closed after wind brought down all the buildings. The school was left with structures of walls standing.

The stormy wind that destroyed the school led to disruption of learning activities as the school was closed indefinitely. The fence which surrounded the school was also blown away by the strong whirlwind which destroyed the whole school.

The wind blew the roof of all the classrooms, dormitories for both boys and girls and the dining hall. The Turkana County Knut chairman Mr Ewat Longoli says that the school now needs urgent help to rebuild it so that the learners who were forced to go home can return and continue with their studies.

The headteacher of the school Mr Jakob Idoket narrates how the calamity struck which left them shocked and didn't know what to do but to close the school indefinitely. "It begun raining although it wasn't a heavy rain. It was just showers. We then saw a strong whirlwind which was whistling and all of a sudden we saw everything in the air including roofs of the classrooms and dormitories. The mattresses, clothes, uniforms and books were also flying in the air. The situation was horrifying," Mr Jakob Idoket revealed.

The strong wind also uprooted trees in the school compound. Officials in the education sector who visited the area to determine the destruction caused by the wind said that the school is in need of urgent help in order to reconstruct it.

"The damage that has been caused is of high magnitude. Support is need from the government, NGOs and all other stake holders." said one education official. The pupils and parents have also called upon the government through the Ministry of Education to help them in building back the school.

However, the fate of over 800 pupils from Juluk Primary School is unknown after their school was destroyed by the wind. The principal Mr Jakob Idoket has now urged the government and stake holders to help in building another school while revealing that the walls of the school buildings which were left standing are shaky citing that they will be forced to build a new school.

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