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Four storey building collapses in Onitsha, Six trapped, Two persons rescued

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2 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.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), eight persons were involved in the ongoing building construction when the incident occurred at about 2pm.

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.

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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.

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“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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