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Roof collapses in Nicosia kindergarten

December 6, 2018 at 3:20pm

Part of the false ceiling at the state kindergarten of Apostolas Varnavas in Strovolos collapsed during Tuesday night’s storms.

The kindergarten also flooded, according to teachers’ union president Philios Phylactou.

Philenews sources say that the roof collapsed because school authorities did not clear the rain gutters and due to the fact that it was made of plasterboard, it cannot withstand large quantities of water.

Phylactou expressed his concern over the incident and said that the building is relatively new, as it was built six years ago.

“Our union repeatedly requested that school buildings are checked and safety certifications are issued,” Phylactou said, while adding that a month ago a similar incident happened at a different school.

The rain gutters have been cleared and repair work has already started, Ministry official Andreas Marangos said.

The new roof will be made with more resilient material and is expected to be installed by Monday, he added.

Kindergarten pupils will attend the nearby Apostolos Varnavas primary until the roof is repaired.