|Twenty-five students at Huỳnh Văn Bánh Primary School in HCM City were injured when a scaffold collapsed on Tuesday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vũ|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Twenty-five primary students in HCM City were injured when a scaffold collapsed in their school yard on Tuesday morning.
The accident occurred at Huỳnh Văn Bánh Primary School in Bình Chánh District as celebrations for Vietnamese Teachers’ Day were getting underway with teachers and 1,500 students in attendance, Nguyễn Ngọc Huỳnh, the principal, said.
The 10m scaffold had been erected so that an awning could be installed over the yard.
A witness said the collapse had been caused by a strong gust of wind, leaving teachers with no time to get the children to safety.
Dr Nguyễn Duy Long, director of the city’s 115 Emergency Assistance Centre, said two ambulances and several doctors and health workers were sent to the school. The injured students received first aid at the school clinic before being transported to hospital.
The city’s Children’s Hospital reported it was treating 10 students for minor trauma and shock.
Chợ Rẫy Hospital received 15 students, some with head injuries and scratches to the face. “Two victims will need surgery, three will be monitored and the other ten have been sent home,” a doctor said.
Đỗ Minh Hoàng, head of the city’s Department of Education and Training, said the department had asked the school and Bình Chánh District education office to focus on treating the victims and offering counselling for students and parents, while investigating the cause of the accident. — VNS