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5 children dead after jumping castle blown into air in Tasmania

Multiple political leaders have now spoken about the tragedy.

5 children have died and 4 others are in hospital, after wind blew a jumping castle into the air at a primary school in the Tasmanian city of Devonport.


According to the ABC, several students in Years 5 & 6 fell from a height of about 10 metres, causing serious injuries, at Hillcrest Primary School.


Earlier today, it was confirmed that 2 students had passed away - but at a press conference held this afternoon, authorities confirmed the death toll had risen to 4.


"Of the 4, two were boys & two were girls," Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine told reporters.


"These children were meant to be celebrating their last day of primary school, instead we're all mourning their loss."

5 students were also reported to be in hospital - 4 of which in a critical condition.


This evening, the death toll rose to 5.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Twitter that his prayers "are with the family and friends of the children who lost their lives, the injured, the first responders and all those who witnessed this deeply distressing event.


Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese also declared it was "so incredibly sad" to hear of the deaths.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein also said he is "certain that I speak for all Tasmanians in extending my deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and loved ones of everyone affected by this tragedy."


The school was holding and end-of-year celebration when the tragedy occurred.


Watch the full press conference here.