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Posted: Sep 17, 2015 at 4:38 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Five Feared Dead As Three- Storey Building Collapses In Awka
By Chukwujekwu Ilozue

Five persons working in a three- storey building in Awka may have been buried alive when the building suddenly collapsed following a down pour on Wednesday

The workers were said to be sheltering themselves from the rain under the first floor when the building caved in.
Located at the former temporary site of Nnamdi Azikiwe University close to the Onitsha-Enugu expressway with high concentration of students, the building gave way after protracted heavy rain on Wednesday evening according to eyewitnesses.
The police is yet to confirm the causality figure as the Police Public Relations Officer, Ali Okechukwu said he is yet to be briefed about the incident. He said he has heard about the building collapse informally.  
A source living close to the building site, Anene Nwafor said that he was passing by the building when he suddenly heard a noise and ran away before the structure collapsed.
Nwafor blamed the building collapse on the use of substandard materials and non-professional builders.

  He said: “I saw five persons who were cooking under the building before it collapsed.
 “But I cannot ascertain whether or not they escaped from the building before it collapsed”.
He feared that other buildings which are being built without following prescribed standard may also collapse with the heavy rains being witnessed in the state.
According to him, “Another three-storey building under construction, adjacent the collapsed one which is also being handled by the same engineer is showing cracks on its walls”.
“Touch the blocks and you will see that they are just sand. The speed with which they pursued the construction of the building is horrible”.
As at the time of filling this report, nobody was met at the building site. Neither security men who may have been charged with watching over the site nor government officials were at the site#