Dozens trapped in rubbles as seven - storey building collapses in Port - Harcourt  - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, November 23, 2018

Dozens trapped in rubbles as seven - storey building collapses in Port - Harcourt 

Dozens of people believed to be construction workers and  food vendors have been trapped in a heap of rubbles when a seven - storey building under construction collapsed in Woji Government Reservation Area of Port - Harcourt, Rivers State capital.

The Daily Crucible gathered that the building which is meant to be a hotel when completed, crumbled to the ground around 5pm this Friday, trapping dozens of people underneath the debris, with some of them feared dead.

Sympathizers and relatives of people said to be at the vicinity of the building before it came down, thronged the site, with some of them crying, throwing their hands up in helplessness and anguish as serious rescue efforts tarry to come.

It was learnt that sounds of people groaning and asking for help could still be heard from under the rubbles but rescue workers and security agencies appeared to be in quandary on what to do about the situation because of unavailability of necessary equipment.

A witness told The Daily Crucible that heavy duty cranes are needed to lift the debris of mangled concrete pillars, deckings, maze of steel iron and other materials to make search and rescue efforts easier but none of such heavy duty equipment has been hurried to the scene yet.

However, Operatives of the South- South Zone of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)were sighted  participating in the rescue operations.

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