4-storey building collapses in Onitsha, 6 trapped, 2 people rescued

4-storey building collapses in Onitsha, 6 trapped, 2 people rescued

- Tragedy struck in Anambra on Wednesday, May 22, when a four-storey building collapsed at Number 7 Ezenwa street, Onitsha

- Two persons have been rescued while others are still trapped in the debris of the collapsed building

- According to an eyewitness, those trapped were workers and the site engineer

Two persons have been rescued while six others are still trapped in the debris of a four-storey building which collapsed at Number 7 Ezenwa street, Onitsha in Anambra on Wednesday, May 22.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that eight persons were involved in the ongoing building construction when the incident occurred at about 2pm.

Legit.ng gathers that an eye witness said those trapped were workers and the site engineer.

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The source said: “They were working at the site when suddenly we heard a loud sound which happened to be the building that collapsed. People came to rescue two persons but six others are still buried in the debris."

The source urged the state government to come with heavy equipment to rescue others.

The divisional police officer for Onitsha Central Police Station, Ifeanyi Iburu, led a team of security operatives to ensure adequate security of lives and property.

Personnel from the Nigerian Red Cross, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps as well as sympathizers were part of those attempting to rescue the remaining six.

Confirming the incident, the state chairman, Nigerian Red Cross Society, Professor Peter Katchy, said the rescued victims had been rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

He said: “One of the persons rescued by Red Cross is at the intensive care at Holy Rosary Hospital Waterside, Onitsha, while another is at General Hospital Onitsha.

“Four are still trapped under the debris of the collapsed building including the Site Engineer."

He noted that an excavator and some earth moving vehicles were expected to assist in the rescue mission.

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Legit.ng previously reported that barely 48 hours after a three-storey building collapsed in the Ita-Faaji area of Lagos Island, killing at least 12 persons, including nine children, another building collapsed in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

The two-storey building which collapsed at Sogoye, along Bode area of the city left 23 people trapped in the rubble while six people were pulled out.

People trapped under the collapsed building could be heard making phone calls crying for help.

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