Updated: 2 dead, others trapped, as 8 storey building collapses in Imo State

At least two person has been confirmed dead, while several others trapped, following the collapse of an eight-storey building under construction at Yar’Adua drive, New Owerri area of Imo state

The eight-storey building located opposite the Lord’s Chosen Church in the state was still under construction.

As at press time, the cause of the collapse has not been ascertained at the time of this report.

However, some police officers arrived at the scene and working to get a rescue team to possibly save those trapped in the debris.

Meanwhile, Disaster managers including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Imo counterpart, SEMA and the Red Cross were on ground carrying out rescue operations.

Mr Evans Ugoh, Head of Imo/Abia operations office of NEMA confirmed that two casualties had so far been recorded while seven persons had been rescued.

Ugoh disclosed that many people were believed to have been trapped at the debris of the collapsed building.

He said that rescue operation would be on till it was ascertained that nobody was still trapped under the debris.

On the cause of the incident, Ugoh said, “for now, we are focusing on rescue operation, it will be followed with the cause of the collapse.

“We have taken those already rescued to the hospital for medical attention, while further search is still ongoing,” he said.




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