At least 20 students lost their lives in a devastating fire that engulfed a school dormitory in Guyana, as confirmed by the government in a statement on Monday.
President Irfaan Ali expressed his deep sorrow, describing the incident as a major disaster that is both horrifying and painful.
The death toll continues to rise, with several individuals also sustaining injuries in the tragic blaze at the Mahdia Secondary School located in central Guyana.
President Ali has taken swift action by ordering preparations in Georgetown's major hospitals to provide the best possible medical attention to every child in need.
Natasha Singh-Lewis, an opposition Member of Parliament, has called for a thorough investigation into the cause of the incident.
She emphasized the importance of understanding how this horrific tragedy occurred and implementing measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.
Guyana is a small English-speaking nation with a population of 800,000, a former Dutch and British colony that possesses one of the world's largest per capita oil reserves.
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