In a tragic incident, a 4-year-old girl was found died of suffocation inside her school bus due to extreme heat in Qatar’s capital Doha.
She dozed off on her way to the school
The girl, who hailed from Kerala, has been identified as Minsa Mariam Jacob of Springfield Kindergarten. According to family sources in Kerala, she reportedly boarded the school bus on Sunday morning but dozed off on her way to the school.
Vehicle crew took off without her
Not realising that Minsa was sleeping in the bus, the vehicle crew allegedly locked the bus, moved it to the parking lot and left. She was found unconscious at noon when the bus crew returned to ferry the children back home.
Was brought dead to hospital
Minsa was immediately rushed to Al Vakra Hospital but could not be saved. Prima facie, it seems like the girl suffocated to death in the heat, family sources in Kerala said.
Minsa’s parents Abhilash Chacko and Soumya, who hail from Changanassery in Kerala’s Kottayam district, are employed in Qatar. Expatriates’ associations in Doha have taken steps to fly the body back to Kerala.
Ministry of Education condoled her death
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Doha mourned the loss of the parents and said that an investigation has been launched into the incident.
Taking to Twitter, they posted, “The ministry also affirms its keenness to adhere to the highest quality of security and safety standards for its students, and will not tolerate any shortcomings in this regard. It extends its sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased student.”
The ministry also affirms its keenness to adhere to the highest quality of security and safety standards for its students, and will not tolerate any shortcomings in this regard. It extends its sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased student.
— وزارة التربية والتعليم والتعليم العالي (@Qatar_Edu) September 11, 2022
The ministry added that the authorities will take all the necessary measures and ensure maximum punishment against those responsible according to the results of the ongoing investigation.
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