Sunday, 14th July 2024

PM Terrance Drew conveys condolences to families of Guyana dormitory fire victims

St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Terrance Drew expressed his sincerest condolences to the families and relatives who lost their children during the horrific fire at the female dorms of the Mahdia Secondary School of Guyana. The tragic incident took the lives of 19 children, including 18 girls and one boy, on Sunday night.

Sunday, 7th July 2024

PM Terrance Drew conveys condolences to families of Guyana dormitory fire victims
St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister Terrance Drew expressed his sincerest condolences to the families and relatives who lost their children during the horrific fire at the female dorms of the Mahdia Secondary School of Guyana. The tragic incident took the lives of 19 children, including 18 girls and one boy, on Sunday night.

While expressing his sincere condolences, PM Terrance Drew said that the government & people of St Kitts and Nevis mourn alongside the Government and People of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

"It is difficult to express the deep sadness felt learning of the disastrous fire that occurred at the Mahdia Secondary School's female dormitory," outlined Dr Terrance Drew.

He added that the void left by the 19 lives lost in the fire would ripple from immediate family and close friends to the wider community and the whole Guyanese citizenry. The effects of which may never be fully understood.

PM Drew offered his sincerest condolences on behalf of the Government of St Kitts and Nevis to the families and friends of the victims and to the Government & People of Guyana. "We also pray that those families and friends would find some measure of comfort at this most difficult time," stated the PM. The fire was started in the bathroom area of the Mahdia Secondary School and eventually tore through the whole building, which was partially made of wood and was housing 57 pupils at the time. Survivors of the incident in the central town of Mahdia spoke of being woken up in the middle of the night by screams.

The children who died, aged between 5 and 16, were the youngest of the five-year-old victim, identified as Adonijah Jerome, aka Addi. The boy is related to the guardians in charge of the dorms.

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Two (2) children remain in critical condition, while four (4) are nursing severe injuries as a result of the incident. These six (6) persons were air-dashed to Georgetown for medical attention, while five (5) remain admitted at the Mahdia hospital, and another ten (10) are in observation.

President Dr Irfaan Ali has called on all of Guyana to reach out with prayers as well as good thoughts to support the families, friends and fellow students grieving over the loss of 19 children during the brutal fire incident at the Mahdia Secondary School dormitory on Sunday night.