Eight escape death as two-storey building collapses in Imo


The last child out of a family of eight, Wednesday, sustained injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment at Area 5 Extension Umuguma in Owerri West LGA, Imo State capital when a two-storey building suddenly collapsed.

Narrating how his family escaped from the building collapse, Mr. Eke Martins said that the unfortunate incident happened in the early morning hours.

He pointed out that he managed to escape with his family members numbering eight, though their last child sustained injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Speaking on the incident, the Imo State Government through Owerri Capital Development Authority, (OCDA) says it has sealed up the property.

The OCDA General Manager, Engr. Francis Chukwu, said that nine victims who were trapped in the building collapsed were rescued successfully.

He pointed out that in depth investigation will be carried out to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the building collapse.

OCDA directed the owner and Engineer handling the building, both of whom were not at the site as at the time of the inspection visit, to report to the Agency with immediate effect.

He warned developers against the use of substandard materials in building activities.

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