At least 20 children were killed and several others injured in Guyana, as a fire swept through a dormitory at the Mahdia Secondary School, 100 miles south-west of Georgetown early Monday morning. 

“It is with great sadness that we bring to you a heart-wrenching update on the fire at the dormitory at the  Mahdia Secondary school.  We have lost many beautiful souls in that fire. The death toll currently stands at 20, while several others received injuries,” according to a government statement. 

It said five planes have already taken off to Mahdia to support the regional health officials with additional medical supplies and medivacs and that at this moment, seven children are prepared to be medivac to Georgetown. 

Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali said early that an emergency medical response post has been established at the Eugene F. Correia ‘Ogle’ International Airport to provide initial medical treatment. 

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