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School Celebration Goes Wrong

A community in Tasmanian has been shocked by the disaster of a jumpy castle that was blown in the air at Devenport primary school leaving five children dead and several in the hospital. Two boys and two girls died amongst in the incident. However, the gender of the fifth child whose death in hospital was announced by Tasmanian police on Thursday evening at least four others remain in hospital, several in critical condition. All the children involved in the tragedy, which struck during a celebration of the final day of the school that was in the 5 or 6. A police investigation is underway into the incident which have occured about 10 am on thursday when the castle lifted about 33foot into the air. It's not really clear how many childrens were playing on the inflatable castle at the time. Police have said the investigation would take some time to complete, and it would later be passed to the corner for inquest.

All the Tasmanian community in Australia are extending their deepest sympathies to the family, friends and loved ones who were affected by the tragedy. The footage from the scene on Thursday morning showed parents arriving at the school to collect their children and students streaming out of the gates. Several helicopter ambulances were called in to help transport patients to hospitals. The school has provided support and counselling has been made available to affected families. The commissioner said there were a number of witnesses to the incident that needed to be interviewed. An ABC reporter who was the first person into the scene described it as one of the most horrifying things of his career. Weather Bureau observations appear to confirm that, with the wind speeds of between 7km/h and 19km/h in the morning at Devonport Airport. Thursday was the final day of school for the year for most school children. A number of online fundraisers have been able to set up to support the affected families. One of the community members had raised more than $138k in donations as of 9:30 pm on thursday.

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