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Wind-ripped roofing knocks 10 y.o. into coma in Taldykorgan

11 april 2014, 12:07
Lyceum School No.5 in Taldykorgan. ©tengrinewstv.kz
Lyceum School No.5 in Taldykorgan. ©tengrinewstv.kz
Damaged roof. ©tengrinewstv.kz
Damaged roof. ©tengrinewstv.kz
Ardak Zhunusova, the boy's mother. ©tengrinewstv.kz
Ardak Zhunusova, the boy's mother. ©tengrinewstv.kz

 A strong wind blew off parts of roofing from a school building in Taldykorgan and threw them at a 10-y.o. boy who was walking by, Tengrinews reports. The boy, Nurdaulet Alpys, got several deep cuts in his belly.

“Doctors could do nothing to help him for 1.5 hours after he was delivered to the hospital, because the hospital was cut off from power supplies by the storm,” the boy’s mother said. “When the light was finally back on they made the tests and started the surgery,” she said. The surgery lasted for 3 hours and then the boy was transferred to an intensive care ward and attached to an artificial lung ventilation device. Later he slipped into a coma.

“I blame the PE teacher,” Ardak Zhunusova, the boy’s mother said. “He saw that a strong wind arose, but continued the lesson outdoors.”

The school’s director, on the contrary assured that the PE teacher was taking the kids back to school when the wind arose and insisted that the school had not receive any wind warning messages and did know that a storm was coming.

“It was just an accident”, Director of Lyceum-School No.5 Ainash Seraliyeva said, adding that the school should not be blamed for it.

The boy’s parents see things differently. They plan to sue the school if the boy does not recover. They have already filed a report with the local police and the police started checking the school for compliance with safety requirements and identifying the construction company that roofed the building. After the checks are completed, the decision will be made on whether to open a criminal case or not, the police said.

According to the emergency department the wind speed reached 22 m/s in Kazakhstan’s south that day, on April 8. Over 3 thousand square meters of roofing was ripped off and destroyed by the wind in the area and over 100 houses were cut off from electricity.

By Tatyana Kuzmina

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