More than 90 people were killed when a school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, collapsed last week while students were still inside.‚ Rescue officials say they are going to stop looking for survivors among the rubble, according to CNN.
College La Promesse Evangelique, a church-operated school, is thought to have collapsed due to a weak base structure.
A U.N. spokesman at the scene estimates that there were nearly 250 students in the building at the time of the collapse. Since more than 90 were killed and about 150 injured, the number of missing students is far fewer than previously expected, according to CNN.
The injured, all between the ages of 10 and 20, suffered lacerations and broken bones.
It’s terrible that the school collapsed due to structural issues.‚ More than 90 are dead because of incompetence on the part of the builder and building inspectors, if there even are any patrolling schools like these in Haiti.
Apparently the school, which was built by its owner Rev. Fortin Augustin, had barely any cement holding together its concrete blocks.
As a reverend building a church-operated school, you’d think the man would have the common sense to hire help.
Augustin turned himself into authorities. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Haitian President Rene Preval has called for an investigation into building guidelines.‚ The school had over 700 students, most likely far more than it could handle.