Monday, 23 May 2016

OKO BUILDING COLLAPSE: Authorities still on rescue Mission


BY EJIKE ABANA


Rescue mission is still on to, among other issues, ascertain whether lives were lost at the private owned collapsed three storey hostel building under construction, at Permanent site Oko in Orumba North Council Area.



 

On arrival of the ABS, a mammoth crowed of students, NEMA, SEMA, FRSC, Red Cross, the Police, members of Anambra State Materials Testing Lab and Physical Planning Board, were on ground trying to salvage the situation with excavators, crane and other heavy duty machines.

 
 

At the time of filing this report, eye witness accounts revealed that the use of sub standard materials, poor mixture of cement and sand was responsible for the collapse.

 
 
 

A survivor who is an iron bender, still in shock confirmed to news men that he jumped out of the building as it was going down, saying that he survived by God's grace.

Relaying his fears on whether two other persons that were with him escaped or not, he added that he told the contractor that using twelve millimitre rods for such building is not healthy.

 
 

The commissioner for Road Infrastructure, Road Maintenance and Furniture, Chief Lawrence Chinwuba said the cause of the collapse is yet to be ascertained, but that once investigations are concluded, culprits will be penalized according to the law.

 
 
 

For the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Chief Paul Odenigbo, no lives were lost, but the search continues.

The owner and contractor handling the project were no where to be found as at the time of filing this report.

 
 
 

Occupants of surrounding buildings have been evacuated, pending completion of the non-destructive test by SEMA, Physical Planning Board, among others today.

It will be recalled that the three storey building collapsed on Sunday after a torrential rainfall.

 
 
Photo Credit : Ifeanyi Aniagoh/abs

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