A 19-year-old teacher and an 8-year-old student were killed, and at least 12 others were injured, two of them seriously, when the roof of Gentong State Elementary School in Pasuruan, East Java, collapsed on Tuesday morning. (Photo courtesy of BNPB)

Elementary School's Roof Collapses in East Java, Killing Teacher, Student

BY :TELLY NATHALIA

NOVEMBER 05, 2019

Jakarta. The roof of Gentong State Elementary School in Pasuruan, East Java, collapsed on Tuesday morning, killing a teacher and a second-grade student.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said at least 12 others were injured, two of them seriously, in the incident that occurred at around 9 a.m., while classes were in session.

"The collapse of the school's roof is believed to have been caused by faulty construction when it was built in 2017," BNPB spokesman Agus Wibowo said in a statement.

"The incident caused five classrooms to totally collapse, trapping everyone inside," he added.

The teacher has been identified as 19-year-old Sevina Arsy Wijaya and the student as 9-year-old Irza Amira – both female.

An investigation was launched to determine the cause of the incident.

Agus said the BNPB's disaster response team had set up tents as temporary classrooms.

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