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Children Injured As Zimbabwe Classroom Collapses

At least 14 primary schoolchildren have been injured in the Zimbabwean city of Kwekwe when their classroom collapsed into a sinkhole.

Desks and chairs were swallowed up and one girl is reported to have been seriously hurt.

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The Globe and Phoenix school is close to two gold mines and local authorities have blamed the accident on illegal underground mining.

Classes have been suspended and officials are trying to find other schools for the pulpils.

The school in Kwekwe, which is about 200km (125 miles) south-west of the capital, Harare.

Kwekwe MP Judith Tobaiwa, a member of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change party, also tweeted that she had warned the authorities about the mining activities on a recent visit to the school.

The MP added in a phone interview from the scene of the accident: “They are still blasting and the whole school premises is shaking.”

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