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School fire toll 90, four arrested

A Gaensh Nadar in Kumbakonam | July 17, 2004 10:04 IST
Last Updated: July 17, 2004 14:09 IST

The toll in Friday's devastating fire in a private school in Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu's Thanjavur district has risen to 90.

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Two more children succumbed to their injuries at the Government General Hospital early Saturday morning, Thanjavur Disrtict Collector Dr J Radhakrishnan said.

Doctors said out of the 17 critically injured children, 13 are out of danger now. Arrangements are being made to move two children to a Chennai hospital in an air-conditioned ambulance.

Burns specialists from Chennai have been called in to help local doctors.

Radhakrishnan said the dead include 43 girl students. He said more than 60 bodies were cremated late Friday night.

The unidentified bodies have been kept in cold storage.

Four persons -- the school's correspondent, two cooks and the noon meal supervisor-- have been arrested so far.

Union Information Technology and Communications MinisterDayanidhi Maran, who visited the town Friday night, said he hoped the officials would take necessary steps to prevent such mishaps.

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Sub: School Tragedy

What a sham!!, they are arresting a cooks and schools correspondents!!!, If the government agencies had done their work diligently, this tragedy could have been ...

Posted by AR

Sub: kumbakonam school tragedy

Basically if the Government Education Department had done its duty;there would be no chance of this tragedy.I understand that the School was not inspected for ...

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We the poor parents are always bullied by the publicity given by these so called educationalists who start these institutions promising every thing under the ...

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When i was eating, i saw this news, after then i am not able to eat the food. I cried by seeing scene in TV. ...

Posted by pazhaniraja

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it's very shocking to see so many young children,burnt like charcoal.the images of these dead children and the cries of their parents, reminds us once ...

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