The funeral ceremony of 12 school girls who died while trying to run from their school building on Monday during the 7.5 magnitude earth quake was held in northern Takhar province early Tuesday.
The school girls died in a stampede caused when a roof collapsed at the Bibi Hajera School in Taluqan city. At least 38 others were wounded in the incident.
Families of the school girls said classes were held in a rented house which was not built to standard. They said it was for this reason that there was such a high death toll among the girls.
“No one takes care of the poor people. The governor and the lawmakers have made buildings for themselves, but they have not made a place for schools,” said Jamil Frotan, a resident of Takhar.
The families criticized the Education Ministry for not paying attention to the quality of buildings used as schools.
“I was at home when the quake happened. Then I went to school and saw that everyone was shocked and were running,” another resident said.
“I was at school when the earthquake occurred. Then I started to run but I fell and there were people running over me,” said Nadia, a school girl who has sustained injuries.
Monday’s deadly 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan has left at least 82 people dead. Officials say the death is still expected to rise as relief teams reach remote areas.
“Numbers we have received – 38 people wounded and 12 died. The wounded are in critical condition and one of the wounded students died yesterday,” the doctor said.