NAIROBI    -    At least seven students have been killed and scores wounded after a classroom collapsed in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, according to emergency services.

Al Jazeera correspondent Catherine Wambua-So said that rescue efforts were finished, with so far seven killed and 64 injured.

“It was a two-storey structure that was constructed using metal sheets and some wood, and a concrete slab to separate the two stories,” Wambua-So said, reporting from the location of the accident.

“People we’ve talked to said the concrete slab was reinforced very poorly and the government has said it wants to investigate how safe the building was.” she added.

According to KenyaRed Cross communications manager Peter Abwao, the school has some 800 pupils aged below 14.  Wambua-So added that the private school was located in a relatively poor neighbourhood.

“Children who come to this school would probably come from families that are not able to afford more expensive private schools, and the nearest public school was about two kilometers away,” she said.

“It’s schools like this one that are regularly badly constructed, made of iron sheets and concrete that is poorly reinforced.”

Wambua-Soi said the mostly poor parents might not even be able to pay for the hospital, but that the government has promised it will foot the hospital bills for those affected by this.

Emergency workers at the site where a school building collapsed, in Nairobi, Kenya, 23 September 2019. According to reports, at least seven primary school children were killed when a classroom structu

Wambua-Soi described the scene of the accident as one “of absolute horror”, adding that children who survived came back after the rescue operation had ended to collect some of the books that were still intact, probably for reuse at a later point.

“Unimaginable pain on the faces of the parents who have gathered here,” she said, adding that the government had launched an investigation into the incident. Many of the parents and relative were in shock and struggling to come to terms with the tragedy, as officials tried to console them.

“I had just dropped my son to school, and heard screams on my way back, and that is when I found people assisting them out to hospital,” Margaret Muthoni, whose four-year-old son was injured, told AFP news agency.

“I am just lucky my son survived with injuries. It is a very unfortunate incident because some children have died,” Muthoni added.

Kepha Otieno said he lost his five-year-old daughter to the tragedy.

“I just can’t believe. It is too hard for me and the family,” he said.

Evanson Kamuri, chief executive of the Kenyatta National Hospital, said two of the injured children were in critical condition, while others had soft tissue injuries or light wounds and were being examined.