A crumbling wall at a school in a village near Khash in Sistan Baluchistan Province killed a teacher after he managed to save the lives of all the students.
Hamidreza Gongozehi, an elementary school teacher in Nukjoo, was caught under the debris after he rushed to move the students to safety as the classroom wall began to crumble.
The head of the Sistan-Baluchistan Board of Education confirmed the death of Gongozehi on Monday April 4, telling the Fars News Agency that the walls had been affected by severe rains. Gongozehi reportedly noticed the impact of heavy winds on the walls and, while moving the students to safety, he was himself crushed under the debris.
Schools in Sistan-Baluchistan are among the most neglected across Iran, and of the 18,000 school buildings, 11,000 are in need of immediate repairs.
The head of the provincial board of education says 300 billion toumans are needed for repairs, adding that the board lacks the necessary funds.