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2-storey building under construction collapses in Anambra market

Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Anambra State Police Command, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, said two victims had been rescued so far.

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2-storey building under construction collapses in Anambra market

A two-storey building under construction at Ekeoyibo market, Amawbia, in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State has collapsed.

Neptune Prime learnt that the two-storey building, which housed traders and shop owners collapsed on Thursday afternoon, with many people trapped under the rubble.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident happened at about 12:00 noon and has created alot of panic attacks among the traders and residents of the area.

The eyewitnesses revealed that the two-storey building suddenly crumbled, burying numerous traders beneath the debris.

Some traders who witnessed the collapse blamed the disaster on substandard engineering work, alleging that the building’s structural integrity was compromised, while others blamed the collapse on the persistent rainfall in the state.

As at the time of filing this report, one person had been reportedly rescued and rushed to Amawbia Maternity Home, but many more were believed to be trapped inside the rubble.

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Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Anambra State Police Command, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, said two victims had been rescued so far.

He stated that on the directive of the Commissioner of Police, CP Nnaghe Obono Itam, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, led operatives to the scene for an on-the-spot assessment, adding that the area had been cordoned off.

He said, “In response to a distress call today, 4/7/2024 at about 12:40 pm of a building collapse at Ekeoyibo market, Amawbia, police operatives have rescued two victims and taken them to the hospital for medical care.”

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Proofreading, editing by Gift Luckson and Hafsat Aleeyu Muye, Journalist and Editor at Neptune Prime.

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